Cruise vents anger at Mission: Impossible crew over Covid safety lapses
Tom Cruise let rip over an apparent breach of Covid-19 safety protocols on the London set of the new Mission: Impossible movie, telling crew members they would be fired if they don’t obey the rules, Britain’s The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday.
In expletive-filled remarks captured on audio tape obtained by The Sun, the star and producer of the action film yelled at the crew about lapses of social distancing and other rules that allow movies to be made during the coronavirus pandemic.
A source close to the production said the tape was authentic.
“I’m on the phone with every ****ing studio at night, insurance companies, producers, and they’re looking at us and using us to make their movies,” Cruise told the crew on the set.
During the scolding, Cruise highlighted the potential repercussions of the blockbuster shutting down for a second time.
“That’s it, no apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their ****ing homes because our industry is shut down,” he said.
“It’s not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education."
He added, according to the tape: “Do you understand the responsibility that you 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."
The Sun did not say when the incident took place, but the filmmakers arrived in London in early December.
The seventh Mission: Impossible film was one of the first movies to shut down production because of the coronavirus when it abandoned filming in Venice, Italy in February.
Production resumed in September, with filming in Italy, Norway and London. Cruise in July personally appealed to Norway’s prime minister to shoot parts of the film in Norway under modified quarantine rules.
The Paramount Pictures film is scheduled to be released in November 2021.
Cruise told the crew Hollywood was relying on movies like Mission: Impossible to keep the beleaguered industry going.
“We want 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,” he said. - REUTERS