Was Tom Cruise's epic 'Mission: Impossible' rant justified?

Tom Butler and Raechal Shewfelt
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Actors Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell on set of Mission Impossible 7 movie in the fori imperiali street. Rome (Italy), October 13rd, 2020 (Photo by Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Actors Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell on set of Mission Impossible 7 movie in the fori imperiali street. Rome (Italy), October 13rd, 2020 (Photo by Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)

New audio appears to capture Tom Cruise ranting at his co-workers on the British set of Mission: Impossible 7 for breaking COVID-19 protocols.

The star, who’s also a producer of the blockbuster franchise, threatened to fire anyone not following the guidelines, according to the recording published on The Sun. Cruise was reportedly upset to see people standing too close together. Variety confirmed the incident.

“If I see you do it again you’re f****** gone,” Cruise can be heard saying.

“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****** studio at night, insurance companies, producers and they’re looking at us and using us to make their movies.

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“We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf*******. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!”

His said he didn’t want the movie to be shut down. Mission: Impossible 7 was one of the films to halt production early in the year, because of the epidemic, likely costing Hollywood studios millions, and – crucially – putting many film professionals, who are largely freelance, out of work.

So, was Cruise justified to make such a rant?

The production of Jurassic World: Dominion at London’s Pinewood Studios has been widely credited as the film that enabled many creative professionals to return to work, with its industry leading COVID-19 safety protocols

Cruise insisted that there be no apologies: “You can tell it to the people that 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.

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“That’s what I sleep with every night — the future of this f****** 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****** movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f****** gone.”

Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Cruise’s rep for comment.