Calgary's Rory Millikin turned finest associates with Jeremy Renner, now they’re starring in a actuality present collectively

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Earlier than taking pictures the primary season of the sequence Rennervations, Calgary-born entrepreneur Rory Millikin had a web based assembly with dozens of executives from Disney+.

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He was discussing the idea of the present alongside its star energy, A-list Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner. Millikin has been associates with Renner for the previous seven years, however the head brass at Disney had no clue who he was. Nonetheless, the actor mentioned Millikin’s involvement within the present was non-negotiable.

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“There’s Jeremy Renner, this billion-dollar asset of theirs, after which there’s this 6’5 man from Calgary,” says Millikin, in an interview with Postmedia from Renner’s California house. “They saved shaking their head and saved gazing me. You see all of them craning and squinting: ‘Who is that this man? I don’t acknowledge him. Is he within the Avengers? Who is that this man?’ That they had huge concern and rightly so. That is one in all their prime property. He mentioned, ‘Look, you’re going to should belief me. He’s going to be nice.’ However I feel they had been scared to loss of life. I used to be an unproven asset.”

Nonetheless, Millikin will get second billing after Renner as co-host, co-creator and govt producer of Rennervations, which started streaming on Disney+ final month. The sequence is predicated on Renner’s ardour for buying and re-imaging large autos. The sequence finds the 2 plus a construct staff going to numerous locations on the planet the place they rebuild decommissioned autos for varied organizations. As an example, a tour bus is became a cellular music studio in Chicago for BASE, a company that provides after-school actions for city youth. A metropolis bus is became a cellular dance studio in Mexico for a company that cares for weak kids. In India, they flip a supply truck right into a cellular water therapy facility for a company that delivers clear water to communities. In Reno, a shuttle bus is became a cellular recreation centre for Large Brothers Large Sisters of northern Nevada.

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Alongside the best way, Renner and Millikin and their construct crew get assist from varied celebrities, together with Vanessa Hudgens, Anil Kapoor, Sebastian Yatra and Anthony Mackie.

A part of the enjoyable of the sequence is the interaction between Renner and Millikin, who’s described because the actor’s finest good friend and enterprise accomplice. Tv is new territory for Millikin, however he says not one of the interchanges had been scripted.

“They tried to place some speaking factors in entrance of me,” Millikin says. “(Renner) grabbed them and threw them on the bottom and mentioned ‘Don’t give a non-actor appearing traces.’ I laughed, however he was proper.”

Millikin is the son of Cameron Millikin, the previous Irish Consul Normal based mostly in Calgary and a Liberal stalwart who suggested quite a lot of his celebration’s prime ministers from Lester Pearson to Paul Martin. He was additionally on the board of administrators for Large Rock Brewery. Born and raised in Calgary, Rory Millikin was a former Herald paperboy, attended Western Canada Excessive College after which Queen’s College. He labored for years in Ottawa beneath Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Now residing in Kelowna, the father-of-three has turn out to be a profitable entrepreneur. At the moment, he’s co-founder and president of TruCelium, a Calgary-headquartered enterprise enterprise with former McCain Meals president Jeff DeLapp that makes a speciality of nutraceutical mushroom powder which is about to open a 50,000-square-foot processing plant in Coldstream, B.C. 

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Co-host and Executive Producer Jeremy Renner attends a premiere for the television series ‘Rennervations’ in Los Angeles April 11, 2023. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Co-host and Government Producer Jeremy Renner attends a premiere for the tv sequence ‘Rennervations’ in Los Angeles April 11, 2023. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Photograph by MARIO ANZUONI /REUTERS

Whereas definitely a hit, he nonetheless appears an unlikely candidate to be palling round with A-list actors. The story of how Millikin and Renner turned besties is definitely unusual. Millikin admits he’s pretty ignorant about movie star tradition. Nonetheless, he met and befriended fellow Albertan and Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger once they each had been residing in Los Angeles just a few years again. Millikin and Kroeger had been enjoying pool when a mutual good friend of Kroeger and Renner’s instructed they go go to the actor at his home. Millikin didn’t know who Renner was however had lately seen the trippy 2016 sci-fi movie Arrival, which occurs to star Renner reverse Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker.

Millikin was sitting at Renner’s home when he beneficial the movie. The actor rapidly knowledgeable him that he had been concerned in that challenge.

“I’m going, ‘Actually? Like a lighting man?’ ” says Millikin. “He says ‘I used to be within the film.’ I mentioned, ‘Yeah? I simply noticed it, I don’t keep in mind you.’ He mentioned, ‘I used to be the star.’ I mentioned, ‘No, no, no. Superman’s girlfriend was the star and the man from the Crying Sport was in it.’ ”

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Exasperated however intrigued, Renner requested Millikin for his telephone quantity.

“He mentioned, ‘Both I’m going to dam and delete you and also you’re by no means going to listen to from me once more or I’m going to name you tomorrow and have you ever come as much as grill on the BBQ,’ ” Millikin says.

They’ve been shut associates ever since.

On New Yr’s Day, Renner suffered large accidents in Reno, Nev., when he was concerned in a snow-plow accident. The actor broke 30 bones and suffered a collapsed lung and pierced liver.

He made his first post-accident public look final month on the purple carpet in Los Angeles alongside Millikin and others for the premiere of Rennervations.

The actor has proven exceptional resilience and has been obsessed along with his restoration, Millikin says.

“He’s strolling round and not using a cane proper now, man,” Millikin says. “I simply bought again right here final night time at midnig
ht and I left three weeks prior and he’s off the cane. It sucked and it’s painful, however the man is simply continuously rehabbing. There’s extra tools right here than you see at NASA. I’ve by no means seen such large rehab tools in a home.”

In 1994, Millikin’s brother John turned a quadriplegic on the age of 17 after being violently cross-checked from behind throughout a junior hockey recreation.

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“I’ve been down this horrific highway earlier than,” Millikin says. “My brother by no means actually complained or whined about it and neither did Jeremy. My brother had a exceptional restoration. He might stand up on a cane and out of a wheelchair, which after a yr of being a quad was utterly a miracle and defying all science. I feel these individuals have this extraordinary willpower to combat and never get damaging however give attention to an finish objective.”

Millikin, who was at Renner’s home the day of the accident, says his good friend’s restoration appears equally miraculous.

“He was useless, you simply needed to see him. There was no means he was going to stay,” Millikin says. “But, he’s in higher form than ever. The dude is jogging and I simply filmed him on the treadmill yesterday. I’ve by no means seen him in such fine condition.”

“He does it in all the pieces he does in life,” he provides. “He has that fantastic constructive perspective. These are the individuals that appear to drag it off, individuals like Jeremy and my brother John.”

Rennervations is now streaming on Disney+

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