Tom Cruise has broken his silence on his now infamous Mission: Impossible 7 rant on set that went viral last year. The long-awaited movie was in the middle of filming after delays delayed production when Cruise’s tirade leaked online. Cruise had seen crew members not socially distancing themselves, prompting the actor to rage and threaten to fire the crew for failing to comply with safety protocols. Cruise explained that he saw Mission: Impossible 7 as a guide for the rest of Hollywood on how to safely get back to doing what they loved.
Many people came out in support of the star’s spiel. The crew members defended Cruise, as did his co-star Vanessa Kirby, who said she agreed with the message of the spiel. George Clooney also lent his voice to the situation, saying that he, too, supported the message. However, Cruise had his fair share of naysayers, including Leah Remini, who saw the whole thing as a publicity stunt. The only one who apparently didn’t address the spiel was Cruise, so far.
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Talking to Empire Magazine, the actor revealed his reasoning behind the spiel, saying it was a very emotional moment for him and everyone involved. Cruise explains that he was not yelling at the entire crew, but at a few that he had asked to stay behind. At the time, he says, the stakes were high and Cruise believes it finally paid off, as he points out that Mission: Impossible 7 did not go out again.
I said what I said. The stakes were high at the time. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the team leave the set and they were just select people. [Production] never turn off again. All those emotions were running through my mind. I was thinking about the people I work with and my industry. And for the whole team to know that we had started shooting a movie was a huge relief. It was very emotional, I must tell you.
It’s fair to say that the shooting during the pandemic has been stressful for everyone involved. At one point, it seemed as if there were daily reports that various productions were closing due to positive cases on sets. That said, it’s hard to justify reprimanding the crew members, even if, in the opening audio, Cruise finally calmed down and seemed more level-headed in his speech. Fortunately, Cruise is right about that. Mission: Impossible 7 has continued filming without further incident.
As productions continue around the world amid the pandemic, security protocols are common. MCU series Mrs. Marvel Filming recently completed amid a flurry of cases in Thailand and it is thanks to the tireless efforts of the cast and crew involved in that production and others that this has been able to happen. Even with vaccines rolling out around the world, safety protocols are likely to remain in place for months, if not years, to come. Mission: Impossible 7 It may have become a hot spot for discussion about those protocols due to Cruise’s spiel, so hopefully the right lessons can be learned from the incident.
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Fountain: Empire Magazine
- Mission: Impossible 7 (2022)Release Date: May 27, 2022
- Mission: Impossible 8 (2023)Release Date: Jul 07, 2023
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