COVID restriction violations set the actor off on a tirade.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for everyone (if you were looking to fill your “most obvious statement” quota for the day), but it seems to be bearing down especially hard on those in the entertainment industry. A lot of movies and shows that came out this year had been filmed well before the pandemic started, but as those productions run out, new projects have had to get going, albeit with strict anti-COVID measures on set. Filming under these circumstances can be stressful, and apparently, three times as stressful when they aren’t adhered to.
In audio originally obtained by The Sun and verified by multiple sources, Tom Cruise, who’s producing and starring in the latest Mission: Impossible film, went on an expletive-filled tirade against two members of the crew. According to sources, these two crew members were working on something on a computer, and were standing too close to one another, a violation of the production’s social distancing requirements. When Cruise spotted them, the anger spewed forth.
“We are the gold standard,” he says in the audio. “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!”
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“No apologies,” Cruise continues. “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!”
“I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don’t do it, you’re out,” he concludes. “We are not shutting this f***ing movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f***ing gone.”
Filming for the new Mission: Impossible has been going on and off since February as the crew’s travels for on-location shots have been hampered by restrictions coming and going.