Simon Pegg says he was 'a wreck' while shooting 'Mission: Impossible III' due to alcoholism
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Simon Pegg discussed his previous struggles with alcoholism.
Pegg said he drank a "whole minibar" while filming Mission: Impossible III.
He said he hit "rock bottom" after being unable to hide his addiction from his wife.
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British actor Simon Pegg told Headstrong podcast that his struggles with alcoholism left him in some sort of wreckage on the set of Mission: Impossible III.
Fifty-five-year-old Pegg, who plays the role of Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible franchise, told the podcast that early in his life he used alcohol as a means of controlling anxiety and nerves. And he said particular concerns about the production of Mission: Impossible III made him drink a lot.
He said, "I remember being stuck in that Beverly Hills hotel room and panicking and feeling so uncomfortable that I drank a lot. I drank all of my minibar because I didn't want to feel that way. When I came On set to do my scenes, I was kind of a wreck because I was very scared and had been drinking and it was so self-destructive. "
He continued, "All of these fixes are so temporary, so quick that they don't solve the problem, just damage it. Every time I knew I was in trouble, I put the can of beer out on the street kicked. It's not the right way. "
Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible. David James / Paramount Pictures
Pegg went on to say that he hit "rock bottom" stopping for a drink on his way home from the airport after returning from a Comic Con convention. He said when he got home he was unable to disguise the chaos he was in from his wife.
The actor said the event made him seek professional help and he is now sober.
"It was a great relief to have given myself up to the prospect, to be helped, to admit that I have a problem and to be there to solve it," he said. "I came out a better person, that's not to say I was fixed in any way, but it certainly gave me the tools to know how to deal with it."
Pegg previously discussed how his problems with alcoholism are affecting his professional work. In 2016, he told The Guardian that "Mission: Impossible III" was made during his "crisis years" and is now having a hard time watching the film again.
"If I watch this movie again, I can see where I was then, which was pretty lost and unhappy and an alcoholic," he said.
When asked how he managed to hide his addiction from the industry, he said, "I'm an actor, so I've been acting all the fucking time."
He continued, "One thing that is [addictive] is to make you smart, not to reveal anything. People think junkies and alcoholics are sloppy, unmotivated people. They aren't - they are incredibly organized, and whiskey, and you would don't know they left. It's like ... you're being micro-managed by him. "
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