“If I see you doing it again, you’re fucking gone,” the actor reportedly shouted.
The Scientology leader and Hollywood superstar has put diligent work in behind the scenes to impose strict social-distancing regulations during the shooting of his film, located in Great Britain.
He then flew off the handle after seeing two of the crew workers standing within six feet of each other.
An audio recording was released of Cruise screaming: “If I see you do it again, you’re fucking gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever fucking do it again.”
Fifty members of the staff and crew at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Herts, were left speechless by the irate tantrum.
Two of the staff were said to be less than three feet away from each other at a nearby computer screen.
The 58-year-old Cruise was in a rage over all his attempts to keep filming in production during the coronavirus pandemic and thought it could be in jeopardy.
On the recording he continued to say: “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherfuckers. That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their fucking homes because our industry is shut down.”
“We are not shutting this fucking movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re fucking gone.”
The latest chapter in Cruise’s franchise, Mission: Impossible 7, has already seen a wave of Covid-related setbacks as cast and crew change locations around Europe.
In October, The Mummy actor had worst-case-scenario meetings with the film’s director, 52-year old Christopher McQuarrie, only days after 12 people on their Italian set were reported to have tested positive for the COVID virus.
At least 150 extras were ordered not to come to the set in Venice as health advisers backtracked contacts of the people who had already tested positive.
After resuming shooting in the United Kingdom two weeks ago, Cruise has directly wanted to oversee that there were no more holdups. He has been seen in photographs sporting a facemask on set and monitors his workspace for anyone breaking the rules.
He even paid £500,000 out of pocket for an old cruise ship for the cast and crew to sequester themselves on to avoid infection.
A source told the press: “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 continued to describe the culture on set, saying: “Everyone was wearing masks. It was purely that these people were standing under a meter 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.”
After significant delays, Mission: Impossible 7 is now set to be viewed by audiences in November next year.