Actor Tom Cruise is not getting rave reviews among the general public for a profane tirade against Mission Impossible 7 crew members, but a few celebrities are coming to his defense. In leaked audio from the U.K. movie set, Cruise went off on a rant after reportedly spotting some workers violating COVID-related social distancing by standing too close together.
Fellow Hollywood luminary George Clooney claims that Cruise — who is in an extra leadership position as executive producer of the anticipated blockbuster film as well as the franchise star — didn’t overreact, but that he would have taken a different, less-confrontational approach to making sure everyone followed safety protocols.
“[I]f the production goes down, a lot of people lose their jobs. People have to understand that and have to be responsible. It’s just not my style to take everybody to task that way…I understand why he did it. He’s not wrong at all about that. You know, I just, I don’t know that I would have done it quite that personally, but I don’t know all the circumstances so maybe he had it 10 or 15 times before,” Clooney told SiriusXM host Howard Stern.
Although reaction is still coming in, other celebrities, such as The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, actor Josh Gad, and designer Kenneth Cole (with a callback to the famous courtroom scene in A Few Good Men) also backed Cruise.
Tom Cruise is correct here FYI. Sorry/Not sorry.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 16, 2020
“I want the truth”. “You can’t handle the truth “. -A few good men. Tom Cruise https://t.co/7Z4cUPM617
— Kenneth Cole (@kennethcolereal) December 16, 2020
Former Scientologist Leah Remini, however, expressed a dissenting view about Cruise, in the context of the star being a prominent member of that religion.
In a very lengthy statement, Remini claimed that “Tom’s reaction that was released yesterday shows his true personality. He is an abusive person…This is the real Tom. This was the same reaction Tom gave his household staff when they did not have the right ingredients for him to make chocolate chip cookies. This is the same type of tirade Tom launched into when an assistant had the audacity to serve him a drink in a chipped mug…Tom does not care about the families of his crew; this is all for publicity….”
Although it’s “impossible” to determine Cruise’s actual motivation, sincere or otherwise, this would hardly be the first time that someone in the entertainment space engaged in publicity-seeking or got angry on a movie set for whatever reason.
In his rant, Cruise alluded to the pressure he is under from the studio and insurers to get the movie done and threatens to fire anyone who violates the “gold-standard” protocols that would stand in its way.
“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! And if you don’t do it you’re fired, 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…”
Cruise goes on to perhaps grandiosely imply that the fate of the film industry revolves around Mission Impossible 7:
“Movies are going because of us. If we shut down it’s going to cost people f***ing jobs, their home, their family. That’s what’s happening.”
Listen to some of the audio below (**Warning for Language) that was obtained by U.K. news outlet The Sun:
Full audio of Tom Cruise going off pic.twitter.com/sDsFNwFwNm
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Mission Impossible 7, which is filming at several locations across Europe, has already been hit with several COVID-related delays.
Some observers have suggested, perhaps tongue in cheek, that Cruise is channeling the abrasive movie producer role from Tropic Thunder.
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