Everybody loves Tom Cruise.
That's the consensus from those who worked with the actor on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, in theaters July 31. In fact, when E! News caught up with his co-star Simon Pegg at a junket Wednesday, he said, "I love Tom. I love working with him because he's a really interesting person. I feel really privileged to get to see the real man, you know? There's a lot of mythology about him, a lot of speculation about the kind of myth that surrounds him that people are very keen to believe."
"When you actually meet the man himself, he's different," he continued. "He's far more human. He's very fun. He's kind of vulnerable, and he's a human being, and it's great to see. But he can also be Tom Cruise when he wants to be."
How so? According to the British actor, "I say to him, I say, 'Do Tom Cruise.' And puts his sunglasses on and smiles. 'There's Tom Cruise!' And he knows it! It's a brilliant capacity to have. He's cultivated a certain kind of persona which enables him to be the movie star that he is, but at the heart of it is a human being."
Cruise has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt since 1996. Pegg, meanwhile, first played IMF technician Benji Dunn since 2006's Mission: Impossible III. It wasn't until the fourth installment in the film franchise was released in 2011 that he got serious about his fitness. "Ever since Ghost Protocol, actually, I've kept in shape. I go to the gym regularly," he said. "But you step things up a little bit with a film like this, particularly with nutrition and stuff. That becomes very precise, very exact."