The actor was reportedly frustrated with the film’s crew after he saw them breaking coronavirus safety protocols by standing too close to one another in front of a computer screen.
In an audio recording obtained by The Sun, Cruise can be heard lecturing the crew, saying: “If I see you do it again, you're f***ing gone.”
He added: “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. I’m on the phone with every f***ing 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 motherf***ers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!”
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently filming in the UK, and its star has been vocal about enforcing the set’s strict Covid guidelines.
“You can tell it to the people who are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down,” he continued in the recording. “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***ing industry!
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“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***ing movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f***ing gone.”
The latest instalment of the action franchise was delayed back in October when 12 people on location in Italy tested positive for Covid-19. Production started back up two weeks ago. Clearly, however, the film’s star is nervous about having to shut down again.
"Am I clear? Do you understand what I want? Do you understand the responsibility that I have? Because I will deal with your reason, and if you can’t be reasonable and I can’t deal with your logic, you’re fired,” Cruise continued. “That’s it. That is it. I trust you guys to be here.”
Cruise’s rant has divided fans.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set to be released in November 2021.