Simon Pegg Says He Doesn’t Talk About Scientology With Tom Cruise
Since I’m a fan of Simon Pegg…’s movies (well, the ones directed by Edgar Wright), I’ve done my very best to ignore the fact that he’s friends with Tom Cruise. Unfortunately, it’s Mission: Impossible for Simon to shut the fuck up about his cult leader bestie. Last year, Simon did an interview where he said Tom never accepts responsibility for his mistakes. After the comments went viral, he backtracked and said we all shoulda known he was joking. Over the weekend, Yahoo! reported that, during an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Simon admitted he actively avoids talking to Tom about Scientology, cuz, if he did, “it would be me abusing my privileged access that I get to him.” So… and lemme really try to wrap my head around this one… Simon is saying that if he brings up Scientology to Tom Cruise, a man famous for abusing his power and privilege as its Messiah, that’s the real abuse?
Here’s exactly what Simon said. via Yahoo!:
“I don’t ask him about stuff like that because I feel that would be me abusing my privileged access that I get to him, you know what I mean?” Pegg, 53, explained.
The Mission: Impossible franchise star shared that his relationship with Cruise is “just very simple and amiable. We’re friends.”
Simon added that his and Tom’s friendship has always been “very easy.” He says that it’s a different experience when you meet “the person” versus the “thicket of mythology.” Simon claims Tom loves being famous, and it “energizes him and spurs him on.” But Simon says he would find that level of superstardom “stressful and overwhelming:
Despite the circus surrounding Cruise, Pegg says that the actor “kind of appreciates the ridiculousness of it sometimes,” and shared that they can even laugh about it. “We joke about it. I mean, I always make fun of him for it, you know, about the things that he can access.”
Simon is extremely lucky he’s a celebrity and not one of Tom’s lowly followers committed to a billion year contract. Imagine a member of Sea Org making fun of Tom’s privilege? He’d personally throw them off the cruise ship and then spit into the waves as their body sank to the ocean floor.
I guess Simon got all nostalgic after talking about BFF, cuz, on Saturday, he posted a pic of him and Tommy snoozing together back in 2018:
Hanging out with a millionaire movie star cult messiah on a private jet. Hmmm. Maybe Simon Pegg isn’t a particularly reliable narrator when it comes to all things Tommy…