Simon Pegg tells Chris Evans about the ‘big selling point’ of the Mission: Impossible films

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3 Mar 2023, 12:22

The seventh instalment in the Mission: Impossible series is coming this summer, and one of its stars, Simon Pegg, has spoken about the franchise on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch.

With Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One on its way, Part Two is also being worked on. The actor told Chris: “I'm about to go to the Arctic, which should be fun, to do some shooting out there.”

He added: “Number seven, or Dead Reckoning Part One, is coming out in July. And then we are continuing to finish Dead Reckoning Part Two.”

Speaking about the appeal of the franchise, the actor said: “The big selling point for them is that all the stunts that you see are real. They are actually done practically. There's FVX used in the movie, like any movie these days, just for seasoning, but anything you see Tom Cruise doing, which is dangerous, he does it.”

When Chris playfully asked Simon if Hollywood star Tom was lying on the sofa at his house, he joked: “He's taking a nap. Yeah. He lives around mine!”

Chris and Simon also chatted about filmmaking and screenwriting, referencing celebrated story consultant Robert McKee, with the Shaun of the Dead star saying: “If you're a young budding screenwriter, read him.”

On how McKee structures his stories, Simon explained: “You have your inciting incident, you have your midpoint, you have your pinch, and all these different moments in the screenplay. And if you watch the great screenplays like Back to the Future, like Gremlins, big entertainment, they all abide by this rule. And there's a reason why they're so good. It's because they are so satisfyingly constructed. But then, if you know those rules, you can start to play with the audience's expectations.” 

Explaining how Shaun of the Dead abided by these storytelling rules, he continued: “We didn't feel like we needed to break it, in that regard. Because Shaun of the Dead is… a little fable, and it needs to stick to that thing. You have the guy and he's a certain way, and then he learns a lesson and then he changes. That's basically the kind of broad strokes of it. 

He added: “But sometimes, because the cinema and audience are very clever, and they kind of expect certain things to happen, you can play with that.” 

The actor visited Virgin Radio today (3rd March) to talk primarily about the amazing work the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is doing to help Ukrainian refugees living in Romania. Having recently returned from Bucharest in Romania, the Oxfam ambassador told Chris: “It was all incredibly positive, the whole thing is underscored by a massive humanitarian tragedy, which is ongoing, but what I saw over there was incredibly uplifting.”

Simon spoke to Chris about some of the projects that are being supported by donations totalling over £400 million from the British public. Read about it here.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is due for release in July 2023. 

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