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Tom Cruise goes on another COVID-19 rant on movie set; five crew members quit

The purported outburst follows one caught on audiotape a day earlier.

Published: December 17, 2020 8:07am

Updated: December 17, 2020 11:59am

Five crew members on Tom Cruise’s new "Mission: Impossible" movie have reportedly quit after the actor bellowed out a second, on set rant about COVID-19, according to a report.

The actor first blasted the crew Tuesday when he saw two staffers less than six feet apart. But his second rant prompted some crew members to quit, The Sun reported.

“The first outburst was big, but things haven’t calmed since. Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw. Since it became public there has been more anger and several staff have walked,” a source told the UK outlet.

“But Tom just can’t take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him. In the end, he’s the one who carries the can,” the source added.

In the first profanity-laced tirade, on the set in England on Tuesday, Cruise is heard on audio tape shouting: "If I see you do it again, you’re f***ing gone! And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it – and you too and you too! And you, don’t you ever f***ing do it again.”

But Cruise wasn't done. 

"We are creating thousands of jobs ... . I don't ever want to see it again! Ever. And if you don't do it, you're fired!" he yelled. "If anyone on this crew does it, you're gone! ... Am I clear?"

The tirade stunned roughly 50 staffer at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, The Sun reported.

"The newspaper also the the movie operation has already been hit with a coronavirus-related delays as cast and crew travel around Europe and that Cruise in Octobe held crisis talks with the film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, after 12 people on set in Italy were said to have tested positive.

The "Top Gun" actor even personally paid nearly $700,000 for an old cruise ship on which the cast and crew could isolate.

A source told The Sun: “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.”

Everyone was wearing masks. It was purely that these people were standing under a metre 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."

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