“It’ll be a completely different thing”: Mission: Impossible Star Predicts Tom Cruise’s Shot at Oscar Will Arrive Once He ‘Stops Jumping Off Sh-t’

There's more to action star Tom Cruise that fans haven't seen, as per his co-star Simon Pegg.

Mission: Impossible Star Predicts Tom Cruise’s Shot at Oscar Will Arrive Once He ‘Stops Jumping Off Sh-t’


  • While Cruise is known for his daring stunts, some believe he has untapped potential as an actor.
  • Simon Pegg, his co-star in the Mission: Impossible franchise, thinks that Cruise has a third act in his career where he can showcase his acting prowess.
  • Despite Cruise's success, he has yet to win an Oscar.
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Tom Cruise is a bona fide movie star, who continues to defy age and physics. At the age of 60, he reprised the role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and seemed as glamorous and fit as the 1996 version of the IMF agent.

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One
Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One.

The summer action flick has proven to be a financial success, grossing over $500 million at the box office. It yet again underlined Cruise’s star power and his ability to stun viewers with his dangerous stunts. However, only a few reviews from critics and fans alike mentioned his acting performance, which has been a moot point for the best part of his career. Still, one of his co-stars is anticipating Cruise to shift his focus on his acting prowess going forward.

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Mission: Impossible Star Reveals How Tom Cruise Will Start Challenging for Oscars

Simon Pegg has been working alongside Tom Cruise since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, portraying the role of Benji Dunn, a technician turned field agent of the IMF. The English actor has seen the superstar in action up and close and believes there’s a lot more he’s capable of offering to the fans than just his incredible stunts.

Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise from the Mission: Impossible franchise
Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible franchise.

When asked about potentially linking up with Collateral star after the end of Mission: Impossible, Pegg said he isn’t sure because he feels Cruise will try different things and show his fans his true acting potential – a glimpse of which has been witnessed in his performances in Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia.

“I love working with Tom, and he’s really good fun to work with but I get the feeling that when Tom goes off and does other things, it’ll be a completely different thing,” Pegg told The Independent“He has a whole other age to come in his career. He’s a very good actor, a very, very good actor — as we’ve seen in Magnolia and Jerry Maguire… I think when he finally stops jumping off sh-t, he’ll have a third act. And yes, it’d be nice to be a part of that.”

Cruise has pushed the limits of his body ever since 1986’s Top Gun and has accumulated several hits and millions of fans as a result. Should he decide to push the limits of his acting, there’s no doubt he would be able to bag his first Oscar, sooner than later.


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What Are Tom Cruise’s Plans for Mission: Impossible Franchise

Having said that, Cruise has shown no desire to pursue different kinds of roles. If anything, he plans to make Mission: Impossible movies into his 80s.

Tom Cruise and Keri Russell in Mission: Impossible III
Tom Cruise and Keri Russell in Mission: Impossible III.

Many thought Ethan Hunt would retire after Dead Reckoning Part Two, which is scheduled to be released in 2025. But earlier this year, Cruise laid out plans to emulate Harrison Ford, who has led Indiana Jones franchise for more than 40 years.


“Harrison Ford is a legend, I hope to be still going, I’ve got 20 years to catch up with him,” Cruise told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I hope to keep making Mission: Impossible films until I’m his age.”

Interestingly, Ford, who is considered one of Hollywood’s most popular actors of all time, has also not won an Oscar so far.

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Written by Vishal Singh

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Vishal Singh is a Content Writer at FandomWire. Having spent more than half a decade in the digital media space, Vishal specializes in crafting engaging entertainment- and sports-focused stories. He graduated from university with an honors degree in English Literature.