Simon Pegg said Tom Cruise never apologizes, then claimed he didn’t mean it literally

Simon Pegg has appeared in every Mission Impossible movie since MI 3. We can deduce from that alone that he and MI star Tom Cruise are tight. Because let’s face it, if Tom didn’t care for Simon, he would be written off. So it was interesting, to say the least, when Simon made some unflattering remarks about Tom to The Times. Simon was asked about his friendship with Tom. Simon said Tom likes him because he’s frank with Tom and makes him laugh. He said they keep in touch, specifically through text. And then Simon said that once, after Simon had apologized for messing up, Tom told him not to do that. Simon clarified that Tom “maintains authority by never being to blame for anything.”

Simon Pegg knows Tom Cruise’s secret.

The actor has shared how his pal handles his mistakes, noting he isn’t the type to apologize.

“If something goes wrong and it’s his fault, he’ll flatly deny it,” Pegg told The Times. “And then if someone corrects him, instead of saying sorry, he’ll just say, ‘Yeah,’ and wink at me.”

Pegg, 52, says this is how Cruise “maintains his authority.”

“I admitted f—ing 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,” Pegg said.
Pegg’s friendship with Cruise, 59, began in 2006 when they shot Mission: Impossible III together.

[From Entertainment Weekly via DListed]

Simon gave examples of how to not apologize “in a funny way” like “flatly deny it” or winking and smiling after being called out. That would drive me crazy. I’d store water balloons in my purse just to respond to every wink.

As you can imagine, these comments sent the Xenu satellites a-twirling. I’ll admit that my first thought was the same as Michael K’s at DListed about Brooke Shield telling us Tom had apologized to her in-person. And Simon does like to pull people’s legs for the sake of a good story. So did Simon stand by his seemingly Tom-bashing comments? No, he did not. Simon’s Times interview got him trending on Twitter almost immediately. When Simon found out, he filmed a short response in what looks like his lovely garden to set the record straight:

If you can’t open the video what Simon said was:

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 fucking running joke that we have. Stop being so f-king literal

This is one of those cases where I think all things are true. I believe Simon and Tom are friends and that Simon does actually like Tom, probably very much. I think Tom absolutely imparted advice how to “maintain authority” and deflect when caught. I think Tom apologized to Brooke, because she is his equal and could (or did) make things difficult for him. Most of the people on a set could not make things difficult for him, those are the ones who get deflection, denial and winks instead. I’m sure Simon’s comments are the extension of some kind of give-and-take the two share. I also feel people take things rather literally. However, I don’t think Tom or his team like Simon and his ‘joke’ being shared publicly. So I suspect a phone call was placed to Simon with a casual but firm comment about how those headlines looked for Tom. Maybe one of Tom’s texts that Simon gets so excited about. This was Simon’s choice to deflect and deny (oh look, he’s learning!), but he knew he could not ignore it. I also think Simon did not care for being roused from his peaceful weekend to have to address this.

But don’t quote me, it’s all just my theory. I don’t take responsibility for anything I’ve said above *wink*

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  1. Alexandria says:

    I kind of get it for work situations. I stopped apologizing in the office. I feel a lot of women tend to do it for trivial things unlike men, but it took me a long time to get there. I apologize when I want to, especially in personal situations.

  2. Concern Fae says:

    I can see that reflexively apologizing all the time becomes annoying and means that nobody around you actually believes the apologies.

    However, having a don’t apologize for every little thing policy does need to be balanced with deep and personal apologies when you actually feel you fvcked up.

    I’ve had to deal with this after being diagnosed with ADHD in my 40s. I just don’t have the capacity to perform all the little social niceties that people expect MORE of these days, despite increasing understanding of how they are far more burdensome for some people than others. Everybody is just running around expecting everyone else to live up to their unspoken expectations. Sorry. I live by my standards, and if I fail to treat you with kindness, you will get my deepest and sincerest apology. If I didn’t follow some rule you read in an etiquette how to listicle – just go bother someone else.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      But is, “Everyone running around expecting everyone else to live up to their unspoken expectations?”

      My personal experience is the exact opposite. I don’t see social niceties. I see a bold commitment to impatience and intolerance. I see more heated exchanges. More eye rolling, more anger, more lies, more leaning into the negative on every front. A bit of social positivity could be a good thing.

  3. Jillibillijean says:

    I clicked this for Simon. I haven’t read or checked anything related to Tom cruise or top gun whatever, I just love Simon and Shaun will always be one of my favorite movies lol

  4. whatWHAT? says:

    ugh. Simon, are you familiar with the abuses that $cientology inflicts on members? are you aware of how they separate families and harass/stalk former members? and “disappear” lower profile members who are difficult?

    it sickens me that other celebs are “friends” with him. esp ones that I (used to) like.

    • SomeChick says:

      the deny and deflect thing is right out of the scilon playbook too. Tommy must have been incandescent with rage over the leak!

  5. Tessa says:

    So, we’re annoying because we weren’t aware of a running joke between two actors? If I joke around with my friends on FB and someone takes our comments seriously, I feel it’s on ME to explain the joke.

  6. theotherViv says:

    I kind of believe that he never really apologized to Brooke. He may have called her and said something along the lines of “ I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings” , or “what happened wasn’t meant as an insult to you” or “ I understand that what I said may have hurt your feelings and that is truly unfortunate”. Maybe even, “ Oh, I really shouldn’t have mentioned you” but “ I am so sorry, I was wrong” ? No way.

    • AppleCart says:

      He showed up at her house and love bombed her with an apology. And she ran to the press so he could get some good PR. Mission accomplished for Team Tom.

      “On Thursday, Cruise “came over to my house and he gave me a heartfelt apology,” Shields, 41, told Leno. “And he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing and for everything that happened.”

  7. phlyfiremama says:

    Look, the scientology stuff ALONE makes Tom a garbage human. I have ZERO problem believing what Simon actually said initially, and clearly his correction was to cover his buttocks and simper about Tom to save his career. Disgusting and blatantly sycophantic to a HUGELY problematic cult and it’s chief PR tool.

  8. Christine says:

    “As you can imagine, these comments sent the Xenu satellites a-twirling.”


    TC doesn’t have enough people who talk about him favorably to squander Simon Pegg. I suspect they will be fine.