Renner on Esquire. (Nigel Parry)
Renner, who next stars in "The Bourne Legacy," first got into flipping homes a decade ago after he signed his first-ever studio contract for the crime thriller "S.W.A.T.," which also starred Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. After spending the previous five years renting a tiny studio in Hollywood — "It was just money going out the window," he tells the magazine — he used his earnings to put a down payment on a home in nearby Nichols Canyon. He and his good friend, fellow actor Kristoffer Winters, remodeled the 1960s residence and discovered they had quite a knack for it, and soon, others noticed, too. A few months later, Renner and Winters were offered $900,000 for the home, for which they had invested $659,000 … and the rest is history.
Renner used to live in the homes he was flipping and use public restrooms. (Nigel Parry)
Although there have been many pluses to breaking out in Hollywood, there have been some losses along the way, like Renner's anonymity — and his cat. After his starring role as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in 2002's "Dahmer," the actor began to get approached by "fans" of his cannibal character. One woman walked up to Renner and bit him on the arm, sending him to the hospital for a series of preventative shots.
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