Simon Pegg admits he was ‘a wreck’ in the filming of Mission Impossible III over the fight against alcoholism
‘I drank my entire mini-bar’: Simon Pegg admits he was ‘a wreck’ in the filming of Mission Impossible III while talking about his fight against alcoholism
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Simon Pegg has revealed that he would appear on the set drunk while filming Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible III in 2006.
The 51-year-old actor, who played IMF tech Benji Dunn in the blockbuster movie, admitted he was ‘kind of a wreck’ when he recalled once drinking the entire mini-bar of his hotel room before shooting scenes.
Appear on the Quirky podcastSimon, who has overcome his alcohol addiction, thought about the low point and what prompted him to seek help.
Alcoholism Struggle: Simon Pegg revealed that he would appear on set drunk during the filming of Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible III in 2006 (pictured in 2018)
He said, “I remember being trapped in this Beverly Hills hotel room. I would drink a lot. I drank my entire mini bar because I didn’t want to feel that way.
‘By the time I got on set to do my scenes I was a bit of a wreck because I was super scared and had been drinking.’
Simon continued: ‘All those fixes are so temporary that they don’t fix the problem, they just numb it.
When I knew I was in trouble, I just kicked the can down the street by having a beer. It’s not the way to go. ‘
The Shaun Of The Dead Star It was while filming Mission Impossible in 2006 that he realized he was an alcoholic and needed help.
Drunk: The actor, 51, admitted he was ‘a bit of a wreck’ when he recalled how he once drank the entire mini-bar of his hotel room before filming scenes for the blockbuster hit
“Admitting I have a problem and being there to fix it was a great relief,” he said.
“I came out as a better person, that’s not to say I was fixed in some way, but it certainly gave me the tools to know how to deal with it.”
Simon has spoken before about his fight against alcoholism.
He told it before GQ Magazine: “ I got to the point where I was on the sidewalk in downtown San Diego, lost my phone and ate pizza and it was just so bleak. When I got home, Maureen just knew I had been drinking and it was bad. I knew then that I needed help. ‘
Simon has been married to his wife Maureen McCann since 2005.
He discussed how his life changed for the better after he went all teetotal, adding, “ What I found was that as soon as I quit, things went ahead. It’s strange and I’ve had conversations with other people about this that when you stop drinking, the universe starts to give you back a little bit.
“Maybe it’s because I figured out why I was drinking, which was to fight the depression, and that’s how I was able to find out what the real problem was. I’ve talked to people and got the right help. ‘
The Mission: Impossible III star he didn’t have to get drunk to ‘escape things’, and by ‘facing’ his problems, his ‘reward’ was how his life has evolved over the past decade.
Treatment: The Shaun Of The Dead Star It was during the filming of Mission Impossible in 2006 that he realized he was an alcoholic and needed help (pictured with his wife Maureen in 2018)