Simon Pegg credits Mission: Impossible for saving him from alcoholism

Simon Pegg’s family were on standby when he shot Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in case he slipped up in his recovery from alcohol.The 50-year-old has been a familiar face in the U.K. since the ’90s, but became a global star after being cast as Tom…

Simon Pegg’s family were on standby when he shot Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in case he slipped up in his recovery from alcohol.

The 50-year-old has been a familiar face in the U.K. since the ’90s, but became a global star after being cast as Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt’s right-hand man Benji in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III.

Before shooting began on the fourth instalment, Ghost Protocol, Simon faced up to his alcohol problem, and attended rehab centre The Priory.

“They (production team) made sure that my family was on standby to come out if needs be,” he told The Sunday Times. “One of the problems you have as an actor sometimes is separation anxiety. You’re away from your family a lot. I’d just had a baby and the thought of being away for a long time was troubling me, so they were just really helpful in making sure I was feeling happy and comfortable.

“By that time I was in a much, much better place. That film couldn’t have come at a better time because I got in good shape and started to just have fun, working with Brad (Bird, director) and Tom. It was an adventure. We went to Prague and Dubai and Vancouver. It was part of my recovery, I think.”

Simon last played Benji in 2018’s summer smash Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is slated for another two films in the popular franchise.

He added in the chat how Tom, in particular, has been a great support for him.

“I didn’t ask who knew (about his alcoholism), but I think he did. He’s always been very supportive,” he shared.

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Tom Cruise planning to shoot movie in space – report

Tom Cruise has reportedly teamed up with SpaceX and NASA to work on the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space.The 57-year-old actor is working in partnership with Elon Musk’s aerospace company, along with experts at the American space agenc…

Tom Cruise has reportedly teamed up with SpaceX and NASA to work on the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space.

The 57-year-old actor is working in partnership with Elon Musk’s aerospace company, along with experts at the American space agency, for the groundbreaking project, according to editors at Deadline.

The movie is in the early stages of development so little details are known. However, Deadline has reported that it will be an action adventure movie, no studio is attached yet, and it won’t be connected to his long-running Mission: Impossible franchise.

Back in 2018, The Terminator director James Cameron revealed that he discussed making a movie in space with Cruise many years ago.

“I actually talked to (Cruise) about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago,” he told Empire magazine. “I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3D documentary there. And I thought, ‘S**t, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz (spacecraft), but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Cruise is well-known for doing his own stunts, with him famously scaling the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai in 2010 for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and five years later, he hung from the side of a plane during takeoff in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

However, while filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2017, he broke his ankle while jumping from one rooftop to another in London during a scene with co-star Henry Cavill.

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