Tom Cruise has been secretly recorded screaming and scolding two members of the Mission: Impossible 7 crew for standing too close to each other while at work.
Cruise, 58, who has gained global fame for his role as Ethan Matthew Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series, wore two masks as he condemned the crew for their lack of social distancing while they worked on the set in Warner Bros. Studios, London.
During the rant in an audio leaked by staff on the set, Cruise appears frustrated and uses expletives as he tells the pair he does not want the movie shutting down yet again.
The famous member of the Church of Scientology said: “And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever fing do it again. We are not shutting this fing movie down.”
Filming for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7 has already faced numerous setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Completing the shooting for the film has only been made more complicated by the difficulties with international travel this year.
Cruise has been filming in Italy, visiting Rome and Venice to shoot scenes with police cars, and joined by fellow star Hayley Atwell, 38.
Filming was already delayed as Italy was the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis earlier this year. The crew has also traveled to Norway, and now they are shooting new scenes in London — which today has entered the highest level of restrictions in England.
Cruise is thought to be adhering to all social distancing measures and looking out to make sure the rest of the crew is doing the same.
The superstar is even rumored to have paid half a million pounds ($652,000) for the cast and crew to isolate on a cruise ship during filming for the movie.
In November, 150 people were due to appear on set as extras but were subsequently told not to show up.
While no reason was given, there have been claims it was due to a COVID-19 outbreak, which temporarily halted filming.
A source has spoken to The Sun and revealed that at least five crew members working on the Mission: Impossible movie have quit, and there is now a lot of tension on the set.
The employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told the publication: “But Tom just can’t take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him. Tension has been building for months, and this was the final straw. Since it became public, there has been more anger, and several staff have walked.”
Meanwhile, George Clooney has decided to show some support to Mr. Cruise while saying that he could have handled it differently.
He told Howard Stern: “He didn’t overreact because it is a problem. I have a friend who’s an AD on another TV show who just had the almost exact same thing happen with not quite as far out a response.”
Mr. Clooney, however, said he might have handled it differently, and added: “I wouldn’t have done it that big. I wouldn’t have, you know, pulled people out,” he said. “You’re in a position of power, and it’s tricky, right? You do have a responsibility for everybody else, and he’s absolutely right about that. And, you know, if the production goes down, a lot of people lose their jobs. People have to understand that and have to be responsible. It’s just not my style to, you know, to take everybody to task that way.”
Amal Clooney‘s husband concluded: “I think it doesn’t help necessarily to point to specific people in that way and do it that…but, you know, everybody has their own style. The people who were on that shoot will tell us more about it,” George continued. “I understand why he did it. He’s not wrong at all about that. You know, I just, I don’t know that I would have done it quite that personally, but I don’t know all the circumstances, so maybe he had it 10 or 15 times before.”
Many have applauded Cruise because the current crisis needs to be taken seriously.