With reporting by Josh Horowitz.
Jeremy Renner tackles the roles of both star and producer in his latest film, "Kill the Messenger."
Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, whose reporting on the CIA arming Nicaraguan rebels and importing cocaine into America earned him a position in the crosshairs of the U.S. government, "Kill the Messenger" was a difficult story to portray on film.
Renner likened the process to investigative reporting, telling MTV News, "We are pointing the finger at a lot of people, but not at any one person or one entity. It's not anti-government, it's not anti-newspaper. Everyone had a part in it and everyone's accountable and responsible for their part in it."
While it's important to honor the legacy of the person whose life story you're portraying, Renner said, it's also important to be fair. "Even though [Webb] was right, essentially, he was still flawed."
"Kill the Messenger" is in theaters today.