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Simon Pegg While shooting Rogue
Nation and Fallout, when were you
highest and lowest?
Rebecca Ferguson Both were on Rogue
Nation; I was highest while jumping off
a rooftop in Vienna. I've been higher,
when we did a 120ft freefall jump into
the water, but they cut it out of the
movie. The lowest was when we were
doing underwater diving. Simon wants
introspective emotional things here, but
he's only getting geographical!
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And back to Balance. Is it true you were
pregnant while shooting?
RF That is true. I was doing stunts, as
hardcore stuff as Health & Safety and my
own sanity would allow me. Someone had
to carry me around! The poor bugger. Can
you imagine my stomach and two milk
boobs all over the place?
How much fitter do you need to get for
a Mission: Impossible movie?
RF Oh my gosh, it's massive. There's a lot of
time and effort and it's not just "fit" and a
case of looking good. Obviously we do get fit
because we eat well and because we're trying
for abs and barely-any-fat attractive. My point
is, you have to be strong and capable, and
your brain has to be alert. Eating carbs and
pasta and pizza and not training does not
work with a film like Mission: Impossible.
There's a lot of necessity within the
training. Also for me, because Ilsa Faust [her
character] does so many dance moves and
jumping up and down, all the moves are
without wires and you do it all in one move,
so you have to be lean, light and flexible.
Now, I can barely stand straight and put
my hands on the ground, so that means a
lot of yoga, pilates... and a little bit of pizza.
And, to be honest, it makes you feel bloody
good and energised. I couldn't keep it up
for 12 months of the year, though. Hang
on, apparently I can! We shot Fallout for 12
months, as Tom [Cruise] broke his foot!
Henry Cavill Out of all the locations,
which was your favourite and why?
RF When we shot in Paris. I bloody love
Paris - rummaging and walking around.
Also, when we shot in New Zealand, we
took helicopters to and from set, flying
over those incredible mountains. I've
never seen anything like it. I made that
happen, by the way. Michelle Monaghan
and Tom had to get a helicopter to get
somewhere, and I said, "F*ck that! I'm not
in this scene." I gathered myself together
with Simon Pegg and said, "We're getting
on the chopper." I walked over to Tom:
"I'm so happy to be here but Tom, it would
be incredible to see it from the helicopter."
Tom said OK and we got one. How lovely
is that? I'm bloody lucky. A little bit of
manipulation and you get what you want.
Does your claustrophobia and vertigo
come into play on a movie like this?
RF I have stunt girls, but I guess that
pushes me to do it. In Rogue Nation, Lucy
(stuntwoman) was doing a swan leap off a
roof just to check the harness. I thought,
"She looks bloody good doing that." I went
all the way up and thought, "I'm not doing
it. F*cking hell!" While up there, someone
says, "You don't have to do it. Don't worry
about it." And that makes me think, "I'm
going to do it!" You just have to do it once;
it's bloody scary. Once you do it once, you
do it again and again and it becomes fun.
Vanessa Kirby How do you keep
mentally-focused on set when
you're surrounded by explosions?
RF I keep my sanity with a massive
amount of gossip and chit-chat in the
make-up trailer. We'd drink green juices
and agave shakes - things supposed
to taste delicious, but we just pretend
sometimes... Good, naughty chat. Who's
shagging who on set? The worst thing is,
there are never any answers; you don't
have time. Speculation? Yes. No answers!
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How do you cope with long days on set?
RF It's consumingly tiring, and depends
on the role. I never sleep. There are beds
in the trailer if you want a nap, but I find
that quite difficult. You never know
when they're going to come and knock,
so you're constantly alert and ready. The
thing I do is read books, and my partner
travels with me. He has his own company,
so can do what he wants. I also have an
assistant who's a close friend, so we play
backgammon and poker. I travel all over
the place with my backgammon. I also
use the time to work on other things.
If my assistant was here now she'd say,
'You f*cking liar. We just sit and watch
TV.' We really don't!
That's a good use of time...
RF And I run in between friends' trailers.
I'll text Simon: "Have you f*cking worked
yet? I've been here five hours." He goes,
"Honey, I haven't gone home since
yesterday." We have fun.
Surely comedy is crying out for you?
RF I've never thought of myself as funny.
Maybe I am? You've laughed a lot. Maybe
mention that, and then comedy will come
my way. Will you say, 'She is f**king funny.
I had physical difficulty holding the pen'?
That's a really boring quote, by the way. I'll
kind of judge you if you write that.
Challenge accepted. What parental
advice did you get to keep you grounded?
RF Every time something bad happened
and I'd be upset, my mother would say,
"This too shall pass." It's a common phrase.
I'd come home and say, "Oh my god! I've got
a role!" And she'd say, "That too will pass,
babes." She is right: everything will pass.
We use it from a negative to a positive, but
my mother would use it for a positive to a
negative. It's so true! I'm very rarely scared
of the consequences, or standing my ground
in situations. If I work with people and don't
feel happy, I have no issues standing on the
barricade for what I believe. I'm not scared
or worried. If I get kicked off a movie set?
That's fine. If they don't want to hire me
again? That's fine. Living true to yourself
makes things in life a bit easier. B
Mission: Impossible Fallout is out 26 July
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