'Five staffers quit Mission: Impossible' after Tom Cruise's Covid-19 outburst

Five staff members have allegedly quit Mission: Impossible following a second rant by Tom Cruise.

Audio from the action blockbuster’s set went viral this week after Tom, 58, let rip at two crew members who weren’t standing two metres apart.

According to The Sun, the superstar had another outburst after the audio footage leaked, leading to a number of staff walking out.

A source told the newspaper: ‘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.

‘But Tom just can’t take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him. In the end, he’s the one who carries the can.’

Mission: Impossible 7 returned to the UK two weeks ago for filming after numerous delays to production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom, who plays Ethan Hunt in the franchise and also produces the movie, has been seen wearing face masks on and off set, so when he saw two crew members not socially distancing at a camera monitor, he saw red.

In a leaked tape, the actor was heard yelling: ‘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! And if you don’t do it you’re fired, if I see you do it again you’re f***ing gone. And if anyone in this crew does it – that’s it, and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever f***ing do it again.

‘That’s it! 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.

‘That’s what I sleep with every night. The future of this f***ing industry! So I’m sorry I am beyond your apologies. I have told you and now I want it and if you don’t do it you’re out. We are not shutting this f***ing movie down! Is it understood?’

While people like George Clooney have defended Tom for his impassioned rant, others have questioned the delivery of his Covid-19 concerns.

His outburst came after numerous delays for Mission: Impossible, which was shut down in March due to the pandemic.

In September, it was claimed that Tom had paid around £500,000 to rent cruise ships in Norway to keep the staff and production crew safe, and also provide isolation should it be needed.

The following month, he was pictured looking downbeat during talks with director Christopher McQuarrie, after 12 people reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 during filming in Venice.

Tom has been shelling out for the extra precautions to ensure that Mission: Impossible 7 doesn’t miss its November 19 , 2021 release date.

The last film in the franchise, Fallout, came out in 2018.

Metro.co.uk has contacted a rep for Cruise for comment. 

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