Mission: Impossible's Simon Pegg says Tom Cruise's stunts are "terrifying"

Amy West
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Paramount

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Mission: Impossible star Simon Pegg has explained why watching Tom Cruise perform his own stunts on set is "terrifying" for himself and his co-stars.

The British actor, who plays trusty tech guy Benji Dunn in the ongoing franchise, appeared on Conan recently to discuss the global pandemic and his career-spanning friendship with Nick Frost.

Mid-chat, he touched on the action series' upcoming seventh instalment, and just how intense it is to see Cruise carry out daredevil acts in the name of cinema.

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"When you watch the movie and you see him do those stunts and it's nail-biting, there's a real sense of genuine peril because you know that it's him," he told host Conan O'Brien.

"But you know he survived because, like, he was on Good Morning America that morning and did some press.

"When we do it, when we watch him do it, we have no idea whether he's going to survive," Pegg continued. "He rides a bike of a cliff and everyone is just there, waiting... checking whether they've got a good canopy. It's terrifying.

"I remember when we did the last one... The big helicopter chase... We were in New Zealand, myself and Rebecca Ferguson were gonna go back to London and leave Tom and [director] Christopher McQuarrie to do this big thing.

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Photo credit: Paramount

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"I said goodbye to Tom, not knowing if he was gonna survive the next 10 days," he continued. "Him piloting a helicopter through these glacier mountains..."

Ferguson is set to reprise her role as British Intelligence operative Ilsa Faust in the eagerly anticipated Mission: Impossible 7, while Vanessa Kirby and Ving Rhames will be back as the White Widow and Ethan Hunt's longtime ally Luther Stickell, respectively.

New additions include Marvel stars Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham and Hayley Atwell, as well as Ozark's Esai Morales – who stepped in after X-Men's Nicholas Hoult had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

Mission: Impossible 7 currently has a scheduled release date of November 19, 2021, with an eighth movie pencilled in for 2022.

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