Tom Cruise defends furious Mission: Impossible rant over Covid rule-break

Tom Cruise has spoken out about his epic Mission: Impossible set rant for the first time and he’s not sorry about the way he spoke to his fellow crew members. 

In December, audio leaked of Tom, 58, screaming at unidentified staff members on the set of the seventh Mission: Impossible sequel after he found they were breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules. 

The clip sent ripple waves in Hollywood with other celebrities sharing their thoughts on whether the rant was justified. 

Tom had never addressed the controversy but he’s now broken his silence and is standing by it.

‘I said what I said,’ the blockbuster star told Empire magazine. 

‘There was a lot at stake at that point… But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people.’ 

The Top Gun actor clarified that filming was ‘never shut down again’ so, in other words, his rant hit home for the crew members. 

He continued: ‘And here we are, continuing to film. I do Zoom parties and kids’ parties also, you know!’ 

Tom also reflected on Mission: Impossible 7 becoming the first movie to shut down filming as the coronavirus pandemic began to mount in March 2020. 

‘All those emotions were going through my mind,’ he said, adding: ‘And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief… It was very emotional.’ 

In the leaked audio, Tom is heard branding the rule-breakers ‘motherf****rs’ and warned ‘if he sees it again, they’re f***ing gone’. 

He also said: ‘We are 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.

‘I’m on the phone with every f**king 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**kers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!’

Tom certainly has no problem in taking a stand for what he believes in, as it has emerged that he returned his Golden Globe Awards in protest against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lack of diversity.

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