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Tom Cruise explodes on ‘Mission Impossible 7’ set due to coronavirus violations

The actor, once a prospective Clearwater developer with the Church of Scientology, was upset after seeing crew violate social distance protocols.
Actor and noted Scientologist Tom Cruise.
Actor and noted Scientologist Tom Cruise.
Published Dec. 16, 2020
Updated Dec. 16, 2020

After a year of closed movie theaters, lost jobs and delayed filming schedules, it makes sense why Tom Cruise would be frustrated. But seeing social distancing violations on set was enough to make the ‘Top Gun’ actor go on a rampage.

Cruise, 58, started screaming after seeing crew members standing within two meters of each other, according to The Sun. At least 50 staff members witnessed the outburst on the Warner Bros. film set in Britain.

“They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we’re doing,” Cruise can be heard saying in leaked audio published by The Sun Tuesday. “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!”

He continued, “That’s it, no apologies. You can tell it to the people who are losing their f--cking homes because our industry is shut down.

“We are not shutting this f--ing movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f---ing gone.”

According to the Tampa Bay Times archives, Cruise has local ties. In 2017, he had been helping Scientology leader David Miscavige develop an entertainment complex on two blocks of vacant lots purchased along Myrtle Avenue.

Related: CLEAR TAKEOVER: How Scientology doubled its downtown Clearwater footprint in 3 years

Production of Cruise’s latest project was first halted when the coronavirus hit Venice, Italy, in February, The New York Times reported. Mission Impossible 7 was one of the first major studio projects to start filming again in the fall, according to IndieWire.

But the Paramount production, starring Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Angela Bassett, was shut down in October after 12 people on set in Italy tested positive for COVID-19. IndieWire reported that filming resumed two weeks ago in the United Kingdom.

The release has been set for theaters Nov. 19, 2021.