Tom Cruise was caught on audio going on an expletive-filled rant to crew members on the “Mission: Impossible 7” set in London.
This week, The Sun reported that the actor flew into a rage after he reportedly spotted two crew members breaking COVID-19 protocol by standing less than six feet away from each other at a computer screen.
On Wednesday, two sources close to the film confirmed the shocking recording to The New York Times.
In his speech, Cruise — who was reportedly addressing around 50 staff members at a Leavesden production complex — threatens to fire staffers if they do not comply with coronavirus safety rules.
“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!” he is heard saying. “I’m on the phone with every ------- 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 -------------!”
“I don’t ever want to see it again, ever! And if you don’t do it you’re fired, if I see you do it again you’re ------- gone. And if anyone in this crew does it — that’s it, and you, too, and you, too. And you, don’t you ever ------- do it again!”
Cruise then mentions how several Hollywood productions and jobs have been shuttered due to complications created by the pandemic.
“That’s it! No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their ---- 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 ------- 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 ------- movie down! Is it understood?”
A source told The Sun that Cruise has personally made an effort to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols on the set.
“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,” the insider said. “Everyone was wearing masks. It was purely that these people were standing under a meter away from each other.”
The source adds that, “It isn’t known whether he saw those guys [at the computer screen] breaking the rules before or whether this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
It is unclear, however, when the recording was captured.
In February, the seventh installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise was shut down in Venice, Italy, in response to the pandemic.
After production resumed in September, Variety reports that production shuttered once again in October after 12 people on set in Italy reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
Variety adds that production resumed a week later and returned to the U.K. two weeks ago.
The action film, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is set to be released on November 19, 2021.