- British tabloid The Sun is reporting that five "Mission: Impossible 7" crew members have quit following a second rant by Tom Cruise.
- This comes just days after the same newspaper published a leaked audio recording of Cruise screaming at cast members for breaking COVID-19 rules.
- The Sun's source said: "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."
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British newspaper The Sun is reporting that five crew members have quit "Mission: Impossible 7" after Tom Cruise gave a second explicit rant over COVID-19 restrictions.
Citing an unnamed source, the tabloid writes that Cruise confronted the film's crew again on Tuesday evening after audio of his first outburst was leaked to the newspaper.
The source told The Sun: "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."
The source continued to say that Cruise is upset that members of the crew aren't taking the social distancing rules or the importance of being one of the only big-budget films shooting during a pandemic as serious as him.
Insider has reached out to reps for Cruise, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (where the movie is being shot) for confirmation of The Sun's reporting.
This news comes just days after The Sun published a leaked audio recording that captured Cruise screaming at the "Mission: Impossible 7" crew after he discovered that certain people broke strict social distancing rules by standing too close to each other at a computer monitor.
During the expletive-laden rant, Cruise could be heard calling the crew members "motherf—ers" and warned that if he saw them breaking the rules again, "you're f—ing gone."
"We are the gold standard. They're back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us," Cruise says during the audio recording. "They believe in us and what we're doing. 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!"
The rant continues for around three minutes with Cruise often speaking directly to crew members: "No apologies, you can tell it to the people that are losing their f—ing homes because our industry is shut down. It's not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education."
"Mission: Impossible 7" was forced to pause shooting in Venice back in February after multiple crew members tested positive for COVID-19. After resuming production in Norway, it was reported that the 58-year-old actor rented two cruise ships so that all 200 crew and production members could self-isolate together safely.
The film is currently slated for a November 2021 release.
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