Tom Cruise blasted a pair of crew members on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 in England, after he saw them breaking COVID-19 guidelines, according to Variety.
In an audio clip shared by British gossip publication The Sun, Cruise is heard yelling, “If I see you do it again you’re f—ing gone…We are the gold standard. They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we’re doing. I’m on the phone with every f—ing studio at night, insurance companies, producers and they’re looking at us and using us to make their movies. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf—ers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!”
Cruise, apparently, has been strict about enforcing COVID-19 guidelines on the set. Cruise isn’t just the film’s star, he’s also one of the producers.
“You can tell it to the people who are losing their f—ing homes because our industry is shut down. It’s not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education. That’s what I sleep with every night – the future of this f—ing industry! So I’m sorry, I am beyond your apologies. I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don’t do it, you’re out. We are not shutting this f—ing movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f—ing gone.”
“Am I clear? Do you understand what I want? Do you understand the responsibility that I have? Because I will deal with your reason, and if you can’t be reasonable and I can’t deal with your logic, you’re fired. That’s it. That is it. I trust you guys to be here.”
Generally, celebrity rants like this are routinely mocked online (think of Christian Bale’s immortal NSFW meltdown on the set of 2009’s Terminator: Salvation, which has even been “remixed”), but a good percentage of social media posts agree with the superstar.
I see (and hear!) that Tom Cruise is out here being a badass once again.— Dave… (@yeah_its_dave) December 16, 2020
I couldn't agree more with what he said. Those new M:I flicks are high on my "want to see in a theater" list, but it's idiots like those he was tearing into who are taking that away from everyone.
Tom Cruise is doing a better job at enforcing social distancing than most govenors in the country are. https://t.co/dqP00zE2Mh— Kevin Dee (@TheKDee) December 16, 2020
Tom Cruise picking up the phone, still in producer mode: pic.twitter.com/8SUGXJ4WOQ— GenerationWest (@GenerationWest0) December 16, 2020
Can Tom Cruise please come to NYC and tear into all the bozos wearing their masks incorrectly on the subway? ???? https://t.co/oKXoOhB0R4 via @Variety— Ben Deutsch ???? (@BenLikesMovies) December 16, 2020
I can’t stand Tom Cruise, but I agree. https://t.co/1qjwKLSkiq— Charlotte H ???????? (@LoveActually92) December 16, 2020
Mission: Impossible 7 was recently hit with delays in October when 12 people on set in Italy tested positive for COVID-19. The film is due out on November 19, 2021.