‘Mission: Impossible’ Director Recounts ‘Weirdest’ Tom Cruise Story He Ever Heard

Christopher McQuarrie, the director of “Mission: Impossible,” shared that Tom Cruise told him a particularly bizarre story. The Times of London spoke with McQarrie and other cast members of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” about their encounters working with the famous actor. McQuarrie stated that Cruise recounted a rumor suggesting that his co-stars “were not allowed to look me in the eye,” which McQuarrie confirmed as false.

Simon Pegg, known for his roles in several “Mission: Impossible” movies, shared that the cast enjoyed spending time with Cruise during breaks from filming “Dead Reckoning Part One.” The 61-year-old action star, who is reportedly fun and outgoing, took them go-karting and zip-lining.

“I’ve been able to hack my way through all the bizarre mythology that surrounds him,” Pegg continued. “On one side he’s Tom Cruise — this enigmatic film star everyone wants to know about. And on the other he’s just a guy. I like being normal with him.”

Pegg had stated before that he doesn’t talk to the actor he considers it as an abuse of his privileged access. However, he does joke with Cruise about his fame on the “Mission: Impossible” set.

“We joke about it,” Pegg said. “I mean, I always make fun of him for it, you know, about the things that he can access. We were filming in South Africa recently on this mountain and then he decided he wanted to swim with sharks. He flew us in a helicopter to this seaside part and we dived with sharks. At the end of the day we said, ‘That was a real Tom Cruise kind of day.’ He kind of appreciates the ridiculousness of it sometimes.”

“My relationship with him is just very simple and amiable. It’s always been a very easy relationship,” the actor said.

“I think you realize, when you meet the person rather than the thicket of mythology that’s built up around them, it’s a different experience. I mean, he loves [the fame] and he really relishes it, it’s all he knows. It energizes him and spurs him on. I don’t think I would appreciate that particularly. I’d find it very stressful and overwhelming and it would make me want to retreat. I’m happy where I am.”


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