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  • Award-winning actor Tom Cruise is defending his December behavior in leaked audio that captured the action star ripping into cast and crew members on the set of "Mission Impossible 7" for allegedly flouting COVID-19 protocols.
  • “All those emotions were going through my mind,” Cruise told Empire. “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,” Cruise added.

Award-winning actor Tom Cruise is defending his December outburst captured in leaked audio of the "Mission Impossible" star ripping into cast and crew members for allegedly flouting COVID-19 protocols. 

“I said what I said,” Cruise told Empire magazine. “There was a lot at stake at that point.”

“All those emotions were going through my mind,” Cruise added. “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.”

A three-minute, expletive-laden tirade caught the three-time Golden Globe-winning actor telling his colleagues and staff that if he ever saw them breaking pandemic rules again they were “f-ing done.” 

“They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf---ers,” Cruise said. 

“I don’t ever want to see it again! Ever!,” Cruise continued. “And if anyone on this crew does it, that’s it — and you, too, and you, too. And you, don’t you ever f–king do it again.”


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Cruise explained to Empire that his rant was not directed toward the entire staff, but to select individuals he believed were disregarding safety measures, adding that nonguilty parties were sent away before his lecture. 

Movie star and co-host of "The View," Whoopi Goldberg, defended Cruise’s actions at the time, saying it was disrespectful for the "Mission Impossible" crew to disregard guidelines during a public health crisis, Fox News reported

"You can get a new camera operator – no disrespect to camera operators. You can get a new sound man. But if [Cruise] is looking over and he can see you not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, it’s kind of like a little bit of a middle finger, in my opinion," Goldberg said. 

Cruise more recently made waves on Tuesday when he announced he would be returning each of his Golden Globe trophies in a rebuke of what he considers a lack of diversity in Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), according to The Hollywood Reporter

Controversy erupted after an LA Times report revealed HFPA had no Black journalists among its members. NBC subsequently dropped its airing of the 2022 Golden Globe Award ceremony.

HFPA announced last week it will endeavor to increase membership by 50 percent in the next 18 months with a “special focus on recruiting Black members” 


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Published on May 12, 2021