Actor Simon Pegg opens up about battle with alcoholism

Simon Pegg talks about battles with alcoholism and depression

Simon Pegg talks about battles with alcoholism and depression

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible - Fallout stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke, Frederick Schmidt and Angela Bassett.

'I think he does get an unfair rap for a lot of things. It owned me, ' the Mission: Impossible - Fallout star noted before confessing to the severity of the situation in 2010: 'I don't think I would be here now if I hadn't had help'.

"One thing [addiction] does is make you clever at not giving anything away".

Simon, who has battled depression since the age of 18, revealed that entering rehab saved his life and it was there he 'got into all the reasons he was feeling that way'. "It's like you have grown a second head and all it wants to do is destroy itself, and it puts that ahead of everything else - your marriage, children, your job", he says. People just don't know everything about him, but they think they do'.

"I'm not ashamed of what happened", he said. They're not - they are incredibly organized. "It wasn't, it was just bad".

He explained to The Guardian newspaper: "It was the most cosmic experience of my life". It's as if ... you are micro-managed by it.

"But eventually the signs are too obvious". Because it can't. Nothing can, other than a dedicated approach, whether that's therapy or medication, or whatever.

What with Black Panther becoming the first African-American film to earn more than $1 billion, Avengers: Infinity War only the fourth film to ever conquer the elusive $2 billion plateau, and Incredibles 2 opening to an unprecedented $182 million - the largest debut for an animated feature of all-time, mind you - all before we reached the halfway point, the new benchmark isn't all that surprising. "I thought it would fix things and it just didn't".

Pegg is next up reprising his role as Benji Dunn in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, out across the United Kingdom on July 25.

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