On a mission: Tom Cruise insists on social distancing on set

LONDON (AP) — Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest Mission: Impossible movie, after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to respect social distancing rules.

In audio released by the Sun tabloid, the 58-year-old Hollywood star can be heard warning that anyone caught not following the rules to stay at least two metres away from others will be fired.

“If I see you doing it again, you’re gone and if anyone on this crew does it, that’s it,” he is heard saying on the audio recorded during filming in Britain. “That’s it.

No apologies.”

During his outburst at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, which is around around 50 kilometres north of London, Cruise catalogued the difficulties he and everyone in the film industry are facing during the coronavirus pandemic. The timing of the outburst was not clear, though the Sun said production of the movie returned to Britain two weeks ago.

Many movies have either been delayed until after the pandemic is over or because of COVID-related delays on set, including the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

During his outburst, Cruise noted the higher costs for insuring a movie in these times. He also voiced his concerns about the direct impact on families and their ability to pay bills if the movie shuts down.

“That’s what I sleep with every night,” he said. “Do you understand the responsibility that you have?”

Cruise’s publicist didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

US actor Tom Cruise leaves the set during the filming of ‘Mission Impossible : Lybra’ in Rome. PHOTO: AFP