Following his dog Franklin’s passing, the actor makes room for a duo of French bulldogs

By People Staff
July 30, 2012 09:00 PM

It’s taken a few months, but after dealing with the death of his French bulldog Franklin in March, Jeremy Renner has opened up his heart to some new pooches.

“I decided to get a couple more of the same sort of dog, French bulldog,” he told Jay Leno on Friday’s episode of The Tonight Show. Renner also revealed that Franklin died of a heart attack.

The late-night host couldn’t help but give the Bourne Legacy star a hard time about adopting such a small dog breed, comparing him to Paris Hilton. But the actor was quick to defend his choice.

“They’re compact; they’re not small,” he said. “I couldn’t emasculate myself anymore.”

And the proof of that is in the pair’s names: Bentley and Hemi.

“I have no idea, it just kind of felt right,” Renner said of his choices, admitting, “I am a car guy.”

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