Back in December, we — along with virtually every other outlet on the internet — brought you the story of legendary actor Tom Cruise going absolutely BALLISTIC on the Mission: Impossible 7 crew for not following the strict on-set COVID-19 protocols.
“We are the gold standard. They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us,” Cruise yelled. “Because they believe in us and what we’re doing. I’m on the phone with every fucking 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 motherfuckers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!”
“You can tell it to the people who are losing their fucking 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 fucking industry!”
While some were quick to chalk the incident up to Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise, the 58-year-old action star actually had quite a strong point, as Mission: Impossible 7 was essentially the first major blockbuster to resume production during the pandemic.
Fast forward to today — to when the movie industry is finally beginning to return — and Cruise is now speaking out about the incident, expressing little regret in the process.
“I said what I said,” Cruise 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. All those emotions were going through my mind. I was thinking about the people I work with, and my industry. And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief. It was very emotional, I gotta tell you.”
To Cruise’s credit, production on Mission: Impossible 7 has run smoothly ever since, with the film continuing production through the spring.
“And here we are, continuing to film,” Cruise added. “I do Zoom parties and kids’ parties also, you know!”