Not Just the Comic Relief, Simon Pegg Embraces the Adrenaline Rush of Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Published: July 27, 2018

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Director Christopher McQuarrie returns for Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Opting for extreme stunts, the high-octane adventure features Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt doing what he does best, completing impossible missions.

Fallout weaves together a few tales of missions past. Following the events of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, they take on John Lark, a mysterious new anti-government agent who has risen to world threatening ranks with the demise of the Syndicate. Forced to clean up a mess he is partially responsible for, Ethan Hunt and his crew Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) team up with CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) to track down John Lark and prevent a nuclear attack. The mission takes them to new heights, lows, and puts everyone they care about in danger. As is the case with all Mission: Impossible films, the stakes are high, and the action is non stop.

Let’s be honest, Tom Cruise = Mission Impossible. The franchise helped launch him and in turn, he’s become its biggest attraction. We’ve all heard the stories of Tom Cruise doing impossible things for the sake of these films, like becoming an ace stunt driver, or learning to fly a helicopter just because that was the only way to get believable shots of Ethan Hunt in action. This time around he performs a HALO jump, falls out of helicopter mid flight and then gets back on it. But the franchise is not just Cruise. Just like Ethan Hunt, he has help.

Ving Rhames has been Curise’s costar for all six films. He is by far the heart of the franchise. And Simon Pegg brings the laughs. Type cast for sure but, he does it so well. Pegg’s Benji Dunn started off in the franchise with Mission: Impossible III as an off-site technical aide. Now in his fourth film, Benji’s graduated to full on field agent. In Fallout, we see a lot more of Pegg, he’s doing stunts, riding in cars with Cruise and even bosses him around a bit. @scottywillats spoke to Simon Pegg about the evolution of the Mission: Impossible films, sharing the screen and set with Cruise and how Pegg managed to stay top dog among his A-list co-stars.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is rated PG and hits theatres everywhere on July 27th.

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