Avengers star tears muscle in fight scene
Actor Jeremy Renner. Picture: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.

A serious injury to actor Jeremy Renner temporarily shut down filming on the new The Avengers movie.

Director Joss Whedon reveals he had to reschedule shooting around his pained Hawkeye character after a stunt left him in agony.

"He's an amazing fighter. His fight work is wonderful... and you seldom have to double him (with a stand-in) but one day he just turned wrong (sic) and his whole body shut down," the filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter.

"He could not do anything. He was in enormous pain and we had to shut that sequence down and shoot it a couple of weeks later."

Renner said he tore a muscle from his back to his shoulder.

"I got chewed up pretty good."

The star also didn't have much luck in his other upcoming action blockbuster, The Bourne Legacy, injuring his leg and arm in fight scenes.

"I got injured kicking a table and missing, and hyper-extending my leg," Renner said.

"I had to get an MRI... (and) I can't really grab anything."

The West Australian

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