Tom Cruise Rips Movie Crewmembers Over COVID Safety Concerns
Tom Cruise went on an angry tirade against his Mission: Impossible 7 crew for not following COVID-19 protocols, a UK newspaper reported Tuesday, posting audio of the event. According to the Sun, Cruise lost his cool on the UK set of the film, when he saw two crew members who weren't social distancing while looking at a computer monitor. "If I see you do it again you're f–king gone," he reportedly told them. Read on to hear his full warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Cruise reportedly said: "I don't want to see it again. Ever!"
In audio obtained by the Sun, 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–king 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–kers. I don't ever want to see it again. Ever!"
The set of Mission: Impossible 7 was shut down for a week in October after 12 crew members tested positive for COVID-19. Cruise reportedly has been vigilant about enforcing public health measures to prevent it from happening again.
Cruise continued: "You can tell it to the people who 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? If I see it again, you're f–king gone."
For the record, the CDC recommends staying six feet (or two meters) away from other people who don't live in your household—especially at events and gatherings. Try to maintain that distance if you take public transportation, and if you go shopping, look into using delivery or curbside pickup if it's available. The goal is to limit face-to-face contact with other people, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is spread.
How to survive this pandemic
So don't get on Cruise's bad side: As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.