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Renner learnt from stunt master Tom

Jeremy Renner got to learn from the best when it came to stunts thanks to his latest role alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Just as his character Brandt is taught to be a field agent by Cruise's Ethan Hunt, so too is The Hurt Locker star beginning to earn his blockbusting action man stripes.

Next year sees him starring in The Avengers and taking over from Matt Damon in the fourth film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, so it helped that he got to work with the best in the business when it came to stunts.

"I think he might have an iron stomach or something - he's fearless," Jeremy said of his co-star. "He really set a high bar in how to approach a movie like this.

"Its like being a 14-year-old boy in the back yard playing. When do you get to do this as an adult? The opportunities are amazing! It was really, really fun," he added.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol sees lone wolf Hunt forced to work as part of a team. When a bomb goes off at the Kremlin, the Impossible Missions Force are blamed and Hunt has to try and clear the agency's name with the help of a group of fellow IMF fugitives.

Renner watched in awe as Cruise pulled off his most spectacular stunt to date at the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, as Hunt scales the outside of the 828m building using suction powered 'gecko gloves'.

Compared to that scene, Renner's later stunt where he throws himself down a fan shaft must have seemed a doddle.

"You know, I figured anything I was doing was a fraction of what Tom was up to, so when I was watching him do his stuff I shut up, listened and learned," he said.

:: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is released on Monday, December 26.

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