Simon Pegg & Rebecca Ferguson On Tom Cruise, Rishi Sunak And Florence Pugh

What do you do when you have four minutes with Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson to discuss one of the most iconic film franchises of all time?

That’s a total of 240 seconds. Open the door and let that sink in.

Naturally, I chose to chat to the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One stars about… Tom Cruise’s worst habits, what Simon Pegg really thinks about the British government and how much Rebecca Ferguson loves Florence Pugh.

What can I say? We’re three very fast talkers.

With Simon and Rebecca having starred in five and three Mission: Impossible films, respectively, so far, they seemed like the two people who would definitely know Tom Cruise’s flaws. After all, is there anything he can’t do? He’s 61-years-old and he runs like that? I’m half his age and I’m out of breath just typing this.

“I mean, he’s just a dude,” said the Ilsa Faust actress, before Simon Pegg said, “He’s so dedicated to his art, that he feels a genuine obligation to risk his life.”

However, just when I thought the Ethan Hunt star could do no wrong, Simon confirmed that Tom Cruise doesn’t chop his own salads, whereas I do, so I think that’s one-nil to The Movie Dweeb. I mean, sure, if we count the billions of pounds Tom has earned, then maybe the score goes in his favour, so… Let’s not count that.

Following Simon’s recent rant about the British Conservative government, I asked the Hot Fuzz actor what the state of the world would be like if the Cruciform Key – a device from Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One – were to fall in their hands.

“I mean [the Conservatives] don’t need a Cruciform Key to f*** everything up. They’ve done that already.”

Honestly, now that we’ve touched on political satire, I feel like an actual adult journalist. We’ll just brush over the fact that I began the interview by talking about BeyoncĂ©’s love of fish fingers.

Finally, I had to ask Rebecca Ferguson about one of the year’s most highly anticipated movies, Dune: Part Two, and the recent newcomer to the cast, Florence Pugh. If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’ll do anything and everything to crowbar Florence Pugh into a conversation.

“[Florence is] phenomenal. She’s wicked. She’s our kind of girl,” said Rebecca. Simon also chimed in to praise Florence as “awesome”.

I’ve had some pretty chaotic interviews in my past; Jim Carrey told me an elaborate story about a self-driving car nearly killing him (which later turned out to not be true) and Brett Gelman auditioned me to play his younger counterpart (which will come to a YouTube near you soon), but I can safely say that this is one of the most wild, bonkers, bat-shit insane conversations I’ve ever had.

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