Stephen King Praises Jeremy Renner For Being A “Badass” & Returning To ‘Mayor Of Kingstown’ After Snowplow Accident

Stephen King spent the 4th of July holiday catching up on TV shows, taking to social media to express his thoughts on Mayor of Kingstown and Jeremy Renner.

Mayor of Kingstown is a Paramount+ crime thriller created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, which stars Renner.

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“I have no f***ing clue what’s going on in THE MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN, but I love this show,” King posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “It reminds me of THE SHIELD and SONS OF ANARCHY. I had no fucking idea what was going on in those, either.”

Renner stars as Mike McLusky, the “Mayor” of the Michigan town where the McLusky family serves as mediators between gangs, prisoners and cops.

Although King said he wasn’t entirely clear about what was going on in the series, he had one thing for certain, sharing on X, “What I know is Mike McLusky drives around in a badass Lincoln Connie. That’s all I need to know. Also, that guy Bunny [Tobi Bamtefa] is a badass.”

King also praised Renner for starring in Season 3 of the series after the snowplow accident at the beginning of 2023.

“Also, Jeremy Renner is a badass who got run over by a snowplow and came back for Season F*cking Three!” King shared.

Renner recently opened up about the struggled he faces following the January 2023 accident that almost took his life. The actor says that he would rather take on roles that are less demanding of him emotionally.

“I just don’t have the energy for it. I don’t have the fuel,” Renner said on the Smartless podcast, hosted by Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman. “I have so much fuel to put into this reality, this body, all this stuff. I can’t just go play make-believe right now. Because that takes a lot of time to get right here every day just so I can have a positive thought, so I can progress, so I can always keep growing.”

He said returning to Mayor of Kingstown wasn’t difficult as he already knew the character, “But if it was a very challenging role, I couldn’t have taken it. Not challenging in the sense that — because the show’s challenging, but it’s if I had to go play Dahmer or something, something so far from me.”

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