Tom Cruise has said he rushed back to the Mission Impossible set amid the pandemic because he feels "responsible for tens of thousands of jobs".
The 58-year-old actor said he understands how halting production on the upcoming action adventure impacted the cast and crew and admits he felt a responsibility to get the show back on the road quickly.
Speaking to Empire magazine, he said: "I've produced 30 to 40 movies. I am responsible for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of jobs. All my friends in the industry, people that are in distribution, and my crew were like, 'What are we going to do? I could lose my house!’ So I told the studio and I told the industry, 'We’re going back. We’re going to get everyone back to work. We're going to start shooting in the summer. And we’re going to figure out how to do it safely.'"
Cruise opened up about about the lengths everyone on set had to go to in order to keep everyone safe and said that he had to deal "with a lot of high emotions with people".
"It was seven days a week, it was around the clock, just dealing with a lot of high emotions with people, and helping them through it."
"There was social distancing, there were masks, there were bubbles of crew members – one make-up artist for every two actors, plus heads of departments staying in hotel rooms on their own, driving to set, shooting the scene and then returning to the hotel until needed – and pods of five people, ready to quarantine if anyone within one contracted the virus."
Cruise said a lot of people cast doubt over his stringent measures, adding: "We had to create protocols with studios and insurance companies, and work on laws in each country, assuring them how we were going to film in the country. There were times when people said, 'It's not going to happen.' And I just kept saying, 'It's happening.'"
Mission Impossible 7 is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2022.