Jeremy Renner should do a musical
November 19th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Jeremy Renner should do a musical

Jeremy Renner just made a great case for a "Glee" cameo, as he blew us away with his singing over the weekend on "Saturday Night Live."

While his comedic abilities didn't really shine for some critics, his vocals stood out. (You can watch his monologue here.)

The 41-year-old actor, who received Oscar nods for both "The Town" and "The Hurt Locker," opened his monologue by performing theme songs he'd written - more like remixed - for his latest hits.

"If I laugh in one of my movies, somebody dies, but that's why I'm excited to be here tonight, to show everyone that there's another side to me," Renner said. "I play a little piano, and my dream actually is to write and perform theme songs for one of my movies - you know like Adele did for James Bond."

So for "The Bourne Legacy," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" became, "I’ve been running around , trying to take down the CIA. They won’t leave me alone, I’m not from Treadstone, need to get away ... You know I’m gonna shoot somebody, someone like you ..."

And for "The Avengers," Renner came up with the lyrics: "The Avengers, they're always there ... from The Hulk, to Iron Man, to Captain Amer." (Yep, just "Amer" - he had to rhyme it with "there," clearly.)

Needless to say, they were all rejects. We loved his musical skills, though!

But once he moved past his opening monologue, his performance was more hit-or-miss. Entertainment Weekly thought the episode was "painful" to watch, while the Los Angeles Times felt Renner was out of his element with some bits. Zap2It was impressed, but considered "The Californians" sketch to be among Renner's weakest.

Next week, "Saturday Night Live" will have another talented singer/actor on as host: Jamie Foxx.

Filed under: Saturday Night Live • television

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  1. The skits were written by Jeremy

    November 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pam

    I love Jeremy, the skits had nothing to do w/ his acting or comedic skills.. its the show/writers ect.. , I've seen plenty of wonderful comedic actors on the show and they still bombed.. With what he was given I think he did wonderful plus he seemed nervous. Loved hearing him sing and play the piano, he did it on the The View a few yrs ago too. Some of the skits where ok. but def the californians was the worst ever..

    November 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Am

      totally agree. Jeremy didn't write the skits.

      November 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      I agree with Pam. And maybe it was part of the skit for him to look like he sucked... you never know with those SNL writers! I would watch GLEE if Jeremy Renner had a singing part on it.

      December 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yes ... here.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kyle

    I agree. He should do a musical. All swishy guys are supposed to do musicals I thought.

    November 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. girlieq24

    I completely agree with Rose.

    November 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. xscape

    sme dy cr was up on scren

    November 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rose

    I think some people missed the point for a lot of the skits. I agree SNL doesn't have the same comedy as it has had in the past, since 2010 it has sucked. Jeremy Renner did the best with what he was given and didn't break a smile, even when others around him couldn't keep from giggling. They totally under used his talents. Just watch how funny he is in the short lived TV show the Unusuals. That said, the only part I laughed at was the Avengers skit. 3 man stand off made me grin, same with morgue scene. The rest sucked.

    November 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenna

      Since 2010? I think it stunk once John Belushi left. It has stunk since the early 1980s.

      November 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pedro

    I don't think he is Mexican or from south of the border. Maybe he likes tacos and burritos though. Anyone who likes tacos and burritos has to be ok.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |

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