An audio recording of Tom Cruise berating crew members for violating social distancing protocols on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 was leaked and has now gone viral.
In the audio obtained by The Sun, Cruise flew into a rage and threatened the jobs of crew members who were spotted standing less than six feet from each other in front of a computer screen.
“If I see you doing it again you’re f’ng gone!”
Tom Cruise Tears Into ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Crew for Not Following COVID-19 Safety Protocols https://t.co/xO2zV0lfbp
— Variety (@Variety) December 16, 2020
Cruise, who is also the blockbuster’s producer, helped develop safety protocols on set to ensure production would resume during the pandemic and to prove that making movies in perilous times can be done safely.
“They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf’kers.”
“That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their f’king 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’king 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 f’king movie down! Is it understood?”
You can listen to a portion from the audio recording here.
WARNING: NSFW language
Tom Cruise went ballistic on the Mission: Impossible 7 crew for breaking COVID protocols…pic.twitter.com/WbIpVlja7w
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 16, 2020
Cruise emphasized in his emotional diatribe that “movies are going because of us” and shutting down production would cost people their jobs, home and their family.
“That’s what’s happening. All the way down the line.”
“And I care about you guys, but if you’re not going to help me you’re gone. OK?”
“Do you see that stick? How many meters is that?”
“When people are standing around a f’king computer and hanging out around here, what are you doing? And if they don’t comply then send their names to Matt Spooner. That’s it.”
In October, Cruise held crisis talks with the film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, after twelve people on set during filming in Italy allegedly tested positive.
Up to 150 extras were told not to come to shoot in Venice when health chiefs traced contacts to those who were infected by the virus.
Cruise returned to the UK to resume production and was intent on having no more delays.
He even reportedly paid roughly $670,000 for a cruise ship that cast and crew could isolate in.
A source told the media outlet:
“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 said of his recent on-set tantrum:
“Everyone was wearing masks. It was purely that these people were standing under a metre [3.2 feet] 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.”
Some found Cruise’s rageful rant objectionable.
Maybe making a movie to make you richer is not the best time during a pandemic. That is truly selfish putting people at risk, not an essential service.
— Ｐａｍｅｌａ ♈️ (@pwtsn2020) December 16, 2020
Despite the good reason behind the rant, there’s no place for abuse in a work setting.
Screaming, name calling and swearing about reinforcing required protocols is unprofessional.
Hard working or not, he was caught abusing people.
It’s 2020 @TomCruise be a better person.
— Wes 🇨🇦 (@ETownArmitage) December 16, 2020
I’m sorry, but if anyone I ever work with or for speaks to me that way, I’m walking out on the MF right in the middle of their tirade.
— Maury (@maury024) December 16, 2020
Others, however, believed his rage was warranted.
They understood the level of his frustration where thousands of people in the industry have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
He’s right. Thousands of jobs are at stake, and not just actors: transportation, makeup, costumes, script supervisors, assistants, secretaries, on and on. I’m sick of people not wearing masks and not taking precautions and then being surprised when someone gets Covid.
— Elizabeth Breck (@TheBlondePI) December 16, 2020
It’s rare that I would side with Tom Cruise, but as someone who’s been out of work in this industry for months, I’m 100% with him.
— sartory (@jsartory) December 16, 2020
I’m not even mad. He is spending his own money to ensure all these ppl are safe and they spat on his face. He yelled that next time they’d be fired for doing what they did. Me spending my money? Would have fired them that day. He is yelling because he wants them safe
— enjoyinh the season (@PaOfKalEL) December 16, 2020
I dont think hes done anything but try and keep ppl safe and in a job.
— Michael Parr (@MikeParrActor) December 16, 2020
Been in this business 20+ years, I would kill to work on a set of this magnitude! Filming internationally on one of the coolest sets in the industry. Which comes with RESPONSIBILITIES. Love TC for this, I don’t need kid gloves.
— Bryce Johnson (@BryceOJohnson) December 16, 2020
I’m sure for the sound man, the makeup girl , the set designer, the prop sourcer, the IT girl, the mechanic, the hotac booker, the grip and all of the extras, making this movie is pretty essential to them and it CAN be done safely if people toe the line!
— Silly Fool (@SillyFool11) December 16, 2020
Thank you #TomCruise!!
This is how I want to yell at every single moron that doesn’t take this virus seriously.
Thank you for caring about the economic survival of the average worker.
Sending love and appreciation! 😘
— 🌎🇺🇸🌿greenlovingirl🌲💕🌊 (@greenlovingirl) December 16, 2020
People should cut him some slack. He’s human. He’s passionate. He obviously cares & sounds like a guy just trying to hold it ALL together, during an extremely difficult time. The guy is a pro, works his butt off, creates thousands of jobs & has a lot on his shoulders. RESPECT.
— Brandon Fugal (@BrandonFugal) December 16, 2020
Mission: Impossible 7 is planned for a November 2021 release.
That is if on-set safety protocols are respected and there are no further delays in production.