Tom Cruise’s co-stars in “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” are opening up about their experiences working with the legendary actor.
“Amidst all the hype surrounding him, at the core of it all is a generous and kind-hearted person who takes care of everyone,” Pegg shared with E! News. “He leads by example and is truly inspiring to be around. There is no one else like him; he embodies the last of the old-fashioned movie stars.”
Pegg highlighted that Cruise’s caring nature has remained consistent since their first meeting almost two decades ago.
“When we first met, I was new to Hollywood,” Pegg revealed. “On the first day, he came to the set and made me feel incredibly welcome and at home. He was extremely generous.”
Pegg added that he has been fortunate to witness a side of Cruise that others aspire to see.
“Over the 17 years of our friendship, I consider myself lucky to have glimpsed the side of him that everyone else wants to see—the ordinary guy,” Pegg said. “And he is just that, an extraordinary guy. He feels a responsibility to entertain the audience by putting his life at risk.”
Cruise’s willingness to take risks is evident in a motorcycle scene from the new film that he described as “the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted.”
In the scene, the 60-year-old actor jumps a motorcycle off a cliff and base jumps into a ravine. Cruise shared in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that they filmed this daring sequence first, stating, “Let’s find out on day one if we can continue with the film or not. Do we all continue or is it a major rewrite?”
Hayley Atwell, a newcomer to the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, echoed Pegg’s sentiments about Cruise’s professionalism and dedication to ensuring the safety of those around him.
Having read with Cruise before, Atwell praised his presence and the way he makes everyone on set feel secure in their working capacities.
Vanessa Kirby, who worked alongside Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” described the experience as “equal parts inspired and terrified.”
Kirby compared the feeling to “jumping off a cliff with a motorcycle,” emphasizing the commitment, passion, care, and beauty that Cruise brings to his work.
Pom Klementieff, another co-star in the upcoming film, expressed the trust and respect the cast has for Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie.
Klementieff acknowledged that Cruise and McQuarrie set the bar incredibly high, motivating everyone else to step up their game and deliver their best performances.
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” is set to release on July 12, with a second part scheduled for the summer of 2024.
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