Tom Cruise has issued a strong warning to his Mission Impossible crew members over breaking the coronavirus rules while on set. The actor who is reported to have worked tirelessly behind the scene to enforce tight social distancing rules during the filming of Mission Impossible 7 in the United Kingdom was caught ranting to his crew that they are gone if they break COVID-19 rules on set.
According to the report by The Sun, Tom Cruise went into a rage after spotting two of the crew standing within two metres of each other.
An audiotape captured Cruise shouting: “If I see you do it again, you’re f***ing gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever f***ing do it again.”
Fifty members of staff at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Herts, were left stunned by the angry outburst.
Two of the crew stood less than a metre away from each other at a computer screen.
He went on: “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. “We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf***ers.
“That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down. “
“We are not shutting this f***ing movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f***ing gone.”
The latest instalment of the franchise, Mission: Impossible 7, has already been hit with a host of Covid-related delays as cast and crew travel around Europe.
In October, the Top Gun actor held crisis talks with the film’s director Christopher McQuarrie, 52, days after 12 people on set in Italy were said to have tested positive.
Up to 150 extras were told not to come in to shoot scenes in Venice as health chiefs traced contacts of those who had tested positive.
The Sun also reported that after returning to the UK two weeks ago, Cruise has personally tried to ensure there are no more delays.
He has been pictured wearing a mask on set and keeps a constant eye out for rule-breakers.
He even personally paid £500,000 for an old cruise ship for the cast and crew to isolate on.
A source said: “Tom has taken it upon himself, along with the health and safety department, to try to force the safety precautions, with a view to keeping the film running.
“He does daily rounds to make sure that everything is set up appropriately, that people are behaving and working as safely as they can. He is very proactive when it comes to safety.”
They added: “Everyone was wearing masks. It was purely that these people were standing under a metre away from each other.
“It isn’t known whether he saw those guys breaking the rules before or whether this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“People make mistakes and they slip up, but Tom is just on it.”
Mission: Impossible 7 is now set for release in November next year.