Following a series of disruptions to the filming of Mission: Impossible 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the leaked audio, the bashing from Leah Remini; Tom Cruise has taken matters into his own hands and moved the studio to a new location — reported to be a former U.K. military base.
Cruise, 58, is thought to have paid millions of dollars to move the set of the new Mission Impossible movie to a location in Longcross, Surrey, which was previously a top-secret tank design base for the U.K. army.
Surrey is currently under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions in England, having entered into Tier 4 just days before Christmas.
It is not known whether the studio move is due to the change in restrictions, as filming is still allowed to continue under strict rules.
Last month, Cruise received criticism after an audio clip of the actor shouting at two crew members was leaked.
Cruise was shouting at the staff for failing to observe coronavirus social distancing measures by staying six feet away from each other.
The staff members were standing close to each other, looking at a computer. Tom Cruise allegedly shouted at staff members in a second incident, prompting at least five staff members to quit their jobs on the Mission Impossible set — formerly in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
Many slammed the actor, including Leah Remini. The former member of the Church Of Scientology had this to say about the rant: “Tom’s reaction that was released yesterday shows his true personality. He is an abusive person. I witnessed it, I’ve been a recipient of it on a small level, and I’ve been told of similar abuse by his former girlfriend, his employees, and his friends. This is the real Tom. This was the same reaction Tom gave his household staff when they did not have the right ingredients for him to make chocolate chip cookies. This is the same type of tirade Tom launched into when an assistant had the audacity to serve him a drink in a chipped mug.”
Mission: Impossible 7, which is due to be released in November 2021, was set to be filmed for the first few weeks in Venice and Rome during February and March this year.
However, filming was disrupted as Italy was at the center of the coronavirus pandemic at that time, forcing the set to move to the U.K.
In July, following more disruption to the filming, Tom Cruise personally contacted U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden with a plea for the filming of Mission: Impossible 7 to be allowed to continue.
Drama aside, Cruise has apparently found love and is dating British-born co-star Hayley Atwell, 38.
A source told The Sun: “Tom and Hayley hit it off from day one. Lockdown, and all the difficulties that came with it, brought them closer together. They’ve been meeting after hours, and she’s been to his London pad. They get on brilliantly. Both seem very happy.”
Observers are not sure that the romance will last after the movie.