Simon Pegg reveals what Tom Cruise is really like in revealing interview
While I know absolutely nothing about him, and have never spent a minute in his company, I imagine Tom Cruise is a very intense person. Maybe it's the fact that he's a Scientologist, or the fact that he jumped up and down on the sofa when he realised he was in love. Or, maybe it's the fact that his eyes are so small that it looks like he's permanently scowling at you. Whatever the reason, Tom Cruise is definitely intense.
However, one person who knows a bit more about Cruise than most people is Simon Pegg. According to the British actor, Cruise is a "very naughty boy."
The 48-year-old starred alongside Tom, 56, in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and Pegg was full of praise for his co-star's bravery, saying that Tom showed no fear when it came to performing his own stunts in the latest instalment of the popular franchise.
Tom suffered a broken ankle during filming of a scene in London and Simon said:
''It's always stressful. On this film in particular.
"On 'Ghost Protocol' when he did Burj Khalifa stunt there was a sense of like, 'Ooh, this is exciting'.
''And then on the A400 plane that he hung onto in 'Rogue Nation,' it was more of a quiet kind of, 'Are you sure you want to do this?'
''And on this one, there were multiple times when I flat out just said, 'Are you genuinely going to this, because this isn't entirely safe.'''
However, while Pegg may not have believed that the stunts were safe, Tom wasn't interested in listening to his co-star and was determined to perform his own stunts, regardless of how dangerous other people deemed them to be. Speaking to Sky News, the Shaun of The Dead actor said:
''He was just so dedicated to bringing it. And giving the audience the sense of authenticity that you don't get from films where it's all done in special effects.
''We just had to lump it. You can't say no to him. It's difficult. You try and tell him not to do something and he'll just do it anyway. He's a very naughty boy.''
Despite being known as an over-the-top and sometimes aggressive character, Pegg was quick to dispel the rumours and labels that often surround Tom Cruise.
Simon explained: ''People are quick to want to denigrate him, but there is a complexity to him. He is way more than just a mad alien.
''The weird thing about that couch-jumping thing [in 2005, Tom proved his love for Katie Holmes by leaping on Oprah Winfrey's sofa] is that it came about when YouTube first appeared and so people leapt on it.
''He was just being a bit of a k**b, that was all. But people want more dirt and horror than that.''
So, Simon disputes the claims that Cruise is a divisive and difficult character. Although, he's bound to say that, isn't he? He's rumoured to be picking up $3 million for his part in the Mission: Impossible franchise so isn't going to upset the star attraction.