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An audio clip of Tom Cruise has been released, in which he shouts at workers on the set of the new Mission: Impossible film, screaming that if they break Covid rules, they're 'f***ing gone'.
The actor has been ensuring social distancing rules are observed during filming, which is taking place in the UK.
But when he saw two crew members standing closer than two metres to each other, he flew off the handle and threatened to sack them.
In audio obtained by The Sun, Cruise can be heard shouting: "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."
Evidently unhappy that his plans to keep filming up and running during the pandemic were being put at risk, the audio clip captures him as having said: "We want 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***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?
"If I see it again, you're f***ing gone - and you are - so you're going to cost him his job. If I see it on the set, you're gone and you're gone.
"That's it. Am I clear?
"Do you understand what I want? Do you understand the responsibility that you have? Because I will deal with your reason. And if you can't be reasonable and I can't deal with your logic, you're fired. That's it. That is it.
"I trust you guys to be here. That's it. That's it, guys. Have a little think about it. . .[inaudible].
"That's what I think of Universal and Paramount. Warner Brothers. Movies are going because of us. If we shut down it's going to cost people f***ing jobs, their home, their family. That's what's happening.
"All the way down the line. And I care about you guys, but if you're not going to help me, you're gone. OK? Do you see that stick? How many metres is that?
"When people are standing around a f***ing computer and hanging out around here, what are you doing? And if they don't comply, then send their names to Matt Spooner. That's it."
According to Deadline, Cruise pushed for the film to go back into production following delays across the industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and has also advised other studios on the subject.
Filming across the industry, including for forthcoming superhero flick The Batman, has been delayed at various points across 2020 after stars tested positive for Covid-19.
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