Jeremy Renner in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).

No doubt you’ve seen some of Jeremy Renner’s tough-guy roles. He was a genetically enhanced agent in “The Bourne Legacy” (2012). He was a bank robber in “The Town” (2010). He played a soldier on a bomb-disposal team in “The Hurt Locker” (2009). He will play William Brandt in the soon-to-be released “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation.” But you never really know about an actor. Are they like Liam Neeson, a man’s man who plays un-killable characters out for justice or revenge, but then says he actually hates guns and would like to see more stringent restrictions on guns in America? Playboy asked Renner in its July/August 2015 issue about guns and it turns out he is not another hypocrite.

After Renner said he used to have a fear of guns, Playboy asked: “You mentioned guns. Many of your characters use them. Are you still afraid?”

Renner said, “A gun is a really easy and terrifying thing to be afraid of. I like guns now, but I have only a couple—a couple at this structure and one at another. I got good at them and then I found a love for them.”

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (2008). Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Playboy then asked if he carries a gun and Renner said, “No. For me it’s for home protection or sport shooting or target practice. I’m not a hunter. I spent a lot of time training for movies, shooting and getting comfortable with weapons. There’s not fear for me ever in a weapon now.”