Simon Pegg enjoys ‘job security’ with Mission: Impossible movies

Simon Pegg enjoys the “job security” he has with his role in the Mission: Impossible franchise.The Star Trek actor has played tech expert Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and he was reminded of how much he revels in being part of the lo…

Simon Pegg enjoys the “job security” he has with his role in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The Star Trek actor has played tech expert Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and he was reminded of how much he revels in being part of the long-standing spy thriller saga when he met the new cast and crew of the upcoming seventh and eighth instalments.

“It was funny, when I met all the people that are going to be in the new one, we had what was going to be our kickoff dinner – but it turned out not to be obviously,” he told Collider, referencing production on the movies being shut down amid the Covid-19 outbreak. “But knowing that these actors are going to be my friends now because we’re going to work together for nearly two years, is always an interesting prospect… It’s nice to have that job security.”

Elsewhere in the interview, he defended director Christopher McQuarrie’s decision to split the next story in the saga into two separate films, and revealed it was because the filmmaker wants to give each character a well-deserved storyline.

“Before production McQuarrie takes me out to dinner and acts out the whole movie. And sometimes what he’s told me hasn’t transpired,” Pegg recalled. “But with this one he has a much clearer idea. The reason we’re splitting it into two is because he’s determined to give everybody a proper emotional arc, a proper emotional detailed character arc. And instead of trying to cram it all into one film, he’s going to allow that arc to spread out over two.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled to be released in November 2021, and Mission: Impossible 8 will hit cinemas in November 2022.

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Simon Pegg took recording studio lessons from schizophrenic producer he portrays

Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg’s new movie character was inspired by a real-life music producer battling schizophrenia. The Brit actually worked with the guy his Theo Ross is based on, so he could look like he knew his way around a recording studio in Lost …

Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg’s new movie character was inspired by a real-life music producer battling schizophrenia.

The Brit actually worked with the guy his Theo Ross is based on, so he could look like he knew his way around a recording studio in Lost Transmission.

“The story was inspired by some events that I went through with a friend of mine who is a music producer,” writer/director Katharine O’Brien tells WENN.

“It was a similar situation, where he went off his medication for schizophrenia and there was a group of us that was trying to get him help… He was very enthusiastic about telling his story about it and he consulted very early stages of the script.

“We really wanted to make sure that we were portraying the intricacies of his delusions really accurately. It’s been a really therapeutic experience for us and for him to own his truth and opening up the conversation about it. It was a deeply personal experience between my friend and myself and now we’re taking it to larger audiences.

“My friend is doing well I’m happy to report.”

And she was thrilled that he and Pegg got along: “Simon met with him and he taught Simon how to use the mixing console that he uses in the film,” Katharine says.

“Simon had never known much about schizophrenia and he was curious to learn about it. He is truly one of the kindest and funniest actors in the business.

“The hardest thing was we had to wait for Simon’s schedule to become available after he was done shooting Mission: Impossible. I just knew he was the right person for this role… I was willing to wait for that to happen.”

And O’Brien was thrilled when Temple signed on for the film: “Juno is an incredibly warm and caring person, which is what I was looking for in the role,” the filmmaker explains. “She understood music because she came from a musical family. Her father is Julien Temple, who used to work with the Sex Pistols, and Joe Strummer, one of the guys from The Clash, was her godfather.”

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