A recording has emerged of Tom Cruise apparently shouting and threatening to fire crew members on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 for breaking Covid-19 safety guidelines.
In an expletive-filled rant captured on audio and obtained by The Sun, the star and producer of the action film yelled at the crew about lapses of social distancing. He can be heard shouting, "If I see you doing it again, you're... gone."
The paper reports that Cruise had spotted two crew members standing close beside each other in front of a computer screen
A source close to the production told Variety and Reuters that the tape was authentic. Cruise's representative declined to comment.
In the recording, Cruise can be heard shouting: "They're back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs.
"Do you understand the responsibility that you have? Because I will deal with your reason. And if you can't be reasonable and I can’t deal with your logic, you’re fired.
"That's it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their... homes because our industry is shut down.
"We are not shutting this... movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you're... gone."
The Sun did not say when the incident took place, but the filmmakers arrived in London in early December.
The seventh Mission: Impossible was one of the first movies to shut down production because of the coronavirus when it abandoned filming in Venice, Italy, in February.
Production resumed in September, with filming in Italy, Norway and London. In July Cruise personally appealed to Norway's prime minister to shoot parts of the film in Norway under modified quarantine rules.
The Paramount Pictures film is scheduled to be released in November 2021.
Cruise told the crew Hollywood was relying on movies like Mission: Impossible to keep the beleaguered industry going.
"We want 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," he said, according to the audiotape.
Mission: Impossible is one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, with 2018's Mission: Impossible-Fallout taking more than $791 million (€650m) at the worldwide box office.