'Kill the Messenger': Jeremy Renner Deconstructs Journalist Gary Webb's Legacy

"Certainly he was brave, and certainly he was courageous to do everything he did"

"Some stories are just too true to tell," Jeremy Renner is told in Kill the Messenger, in which he portrays Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Michael Cuesta's first major feature since the success of Homeland follows Webb's controversial investigation into a CIA conspiracy in Nicaragua that led to a series of articles titled "Dark Alliance" for the San Jose Mercury News.

"Crack became an epidemic," says Renner in a new featurette for the film, which follows the unraveling of Webb and his career as he is villainized for his work. "The backing away of the paper, I think, was a betrayal for him personally. It wasn't about what anybody else said. That's what really crushed his heart."

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Producer Naomi Despres says, "In so many ways, our democracy depends on people like that, who are fearless in the face of obstacles and resistance to truth being revealed." Renner adds, "Certainly he was brave, and certainly he was courageous to do everything he did."

The Focus Features film also features Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta.

Watch scenes and chats with Renner in the exclusive featurette above, plus comments from Webb's wife, Sue Webb, producer Don Handfield, screenwriter Peter Landesman and Nick Schou, author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.

Kill the Messenger hits theaters Oct. 10.

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