It seems that Tom Cruise feels quite serious about keeping the coronavirus under control on the set of Mission Impossible 7. A leaked audio recording revealed the star fully screaming at two crew members after they broke COVID-19 protocol. Now, the rest of the crew, fellow celebrities, and the republic have reacted to Cruise’s meltdown…
Tom Cruise Breaks Down
British newspaper The Sun first released the audio of Tom Cruise screaming at Mission Impossible 7 crew members. According to the report, the star spotted the two workers standing less than six feet apart, violating COVID rules. Instantly, he snapped. “If I see you do it again you’re f—— gone,” Cruise shouts angrily. “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we’re doing…we are creating thousands of jobs.” Cruise continues, pointing out that he’s more than the star of the film, he’s also a producer. As such, he states, he’s constantly on the phone dealing with calls from the studio and insurance companies. As you might imagine, everyone’s watching them.
Later, the crew members tried to apologize. However, Cruise refused to accept. “I’m sorry, I am beyond your apologies. You can tell it to the people who are losing their f—— homes because our industry is shut down. It’s not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education,” Cruise explained, blooming into a new rage. “That’s what I sleep with every night – the future of this f—— industry! We are not shutting this f—— movie down! Is that understood?”
Mission Impossible 7 Crew Members Quit
As you might imagine, the outburst had a ripple effect within the Mission Impossible 7 crew. As of this writing, five have quit their jobs, explicitly citing Cruise’s rage. “The first outburst was big but things haven’t calmed since. Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw,” The Sun wrote in their article. “Since it became public there has been more anger and several staff have walked.”
Of course, the world felt divided when the audio of Cruise’s outburst hit the internet. Some applauded his efforts to keep the coronavirus under control on his set. After all, the film’s cost has already risen by around $700,000, thanks to COVID shutdowns and increased costs due to safety protocols. So, it’s only natural that he felt upset at staff members breaking the rules and threatening yet another delay. Soon enough, other celebrities stepped up to defend Cruise and his actions.
Fellow Celebrities React
Most notably, famous actor George Clooney stepped up to bat for Cruise. While on The Howard Stern Show last week, Clooney explained why he felt the outburst was understandable. “He didn’t overreact because it is a problem,” Clooney said after listening to the leaked audio recording. “I have a friend who’s an AD on another TV show who just had the almost exact same thing happen with not quite as far out a response. I understand why he did it. He’s not wrong at all about that…You know, I just, I don’t know that I would have done it quite that personally, but I don’t know all the circumstances so maybe he had it 10 or 15 times before.”
If everything goes according to plan, Mission Impossible 7 will debut in theaters on November 19, 2021. However, only time will tell how many crew members will remain if Tom Cruise continues to rage at them.