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Renner: I didn't want to hurt Weisz

Jeremy Renner gets to ride his motorbike in The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner gets to ride his motorbike in The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner has revealed that a motorbike chase was his biggest challenge on The Bourne Legacy - because Rachel Weisz was his passenger.

The 41-year-old motorbike enthusiast, who stars as new secret agent Aaron Cross in the fourth instalment of the spy series, gets to have a thrilling ride through the streets of Manila and admitted it wouldn't have been so bad, if his female co-star wasn't riding pillion.

"The biggest challenge was the motorcycle stuff because I had Rachel on the back and that made me, not hesitant, I was just very concerned. I didn't want to hurt her," he said.

"When I had Rachel on the back it was a different thing. That was the only thing I was terrified of."

A bare-chested Jeremy even dunked himself into the icy waters of the Canadian Rockies for the film's opening sequence.

"You can't prepare for freezing temperatures and I remember the water and the beard as I came out was frozen by the time I got to shore."

Jeremy, who has starred in action movies such as Avengers Assemble, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Hurt Locker, said he enjoys doing his own stunts and will do the gruelling preparation.

"That's the biggest part of my job actually on a movie like that," he explained.

"There's no second or third string to come in and take your place so I diligently do a lot of work. I don't train to look better, I train so I don't get injured."

The Bourne Legacy is released on August 13.

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