Simon Pegg clears up Tom Cruise 'no accountability' comments

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Actor Tom Cruise (L) and actor Simon Pegg attend 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' press conference at the Imperial Ancestral Temple on August 29, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images)
Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg co-starred in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. (Getty Images)

Simon Pegg has been forced to defend comments he made about Tom Cruise never taking responsibility for his mistakes, saying it was just a running joke between the pair.

Hot Fuzz star Pegg, 52, had spoken about his Mission: Impossible co-star in an interview with The Times published on Saturday, but found the jokey story he told about Cruise did not land well with everyone.

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Speaking in an Instagram live video after the interview blew up, Pegg said: "I’m currently trending on Twitter for something I said in the Times interview about Tom Cruise never accepting responsibility for his mistakes… like it isn’t just a f****** running joke that we have. Stop being so f****** literal."

Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise attend the 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' U.S. Premiere at Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum on July 22, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
Simon Pegg said the comments were actually a running joke with Tom Cruise. (Getty Images)

He had spoken to The Times about working with Cruise, 59, and said that the Hollywood star managed to maintain authority on film sets by never admitting any wrongdoing.

Pegg had said: "If something goes wrong and it's his fault, he'll flatly deny it. And then if someone corrects him, instead of saying sorry, he'll just say, 'Yeah,' and wink at me.

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"I admitted f****** up once and he said - with a wry smile, I hasten to add - 'Simon, don't do that.' He maintains his authority by never being to blame for anything."

Simon Pegg attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 dinner at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Simon Pegg also spoke about giving up drinking. (Getty Images)

Elsewhere in the interview, Pegg had opened up on his alcoholism and shared how he had given up drinking after a spell in rehab - but admitted that he thought he would be dead by now if he was still drinking.

Asked whether he thought the addiction could have killed him, he said: "100%, because, and I don't think it's too dramatic to say, that is the ultimate end of that line of flight."

Pegg had talked about being addicted to the numb feeling that alcohol gave him and how he had come to rely on it after writing about his tough childhood experiences for his 2009 memoir Nerd Do Well.

He had reflected back on his parents' tough divorce and the difficult feeling of not being liked by his stepparents as a child.

Watch: Simon Pegg on how Tom Cruise maintains his superstar authority