Jeremy Renner: "I turned down big films."

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner has claimed he turned down big budget roles even when he was broke, because they didn't feel right for him.

The 43-year-old Kill The Messenger star had his big break in 2008 in the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, but admitted he had struggled for a long time as an actor before then.

Jeremy, who has since starred in The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, told "I said 'no' when I didn't have a pot to p*** in. I was living by candlelight and broke. I still said 'no' to big money jobs because they didn't make creative sense to me. "Now most people looked at me like I was crazy, but no, I know what I want to do. My God, I don't want to go down that road. So yeah, even today, when I say 'no' to something, it's because I did due diligence to know that this isn't creatively right for me. I don't think anybody really wants to see me do that or whatever it might be. But I do due diligence before I make a decision on something."

And despite his current success, Jeremy said he still feels he has a lot to achieve in his career. He said: "Oh brother, I hope this isn't it. That means maybe it's a plateau and then there's still a lot more to climb. There's a lot more to learn, a lot more to grow as a man, as an artist. In my mind, when that stops, then I'm happy to be gone. You can just put me six feet under. I'm not really interested in not growing and learning any more. So yeah, maybe it's a great plateau and I can take a nice deep breath. It's like the view is amazing from here."