Tom Cruise has left the set of Mission: Impossible 7 earlier than anticipated just days after his COVID-19 tirade leaked on the internet.
The superstar reportedly flew to Miami on a private jet with his son, Connor, and is taking an early holiday break from work. With Tom Cruise gone, the Mission: Impossible 7 production had to shut down earlier as well.
Insiders said that this will help diffuse the tension between Cruise and the crew until the holidays are over after the actor publicly berated two crew members who broke the COVID-19 protocol. The Sun leaked the audio of Cruise’s highly controversial verbal explosion, where he lashed out expletives in anger over the safety breach.
Not calming down
Sources told the Toronto Sun that Cruise’s outburst has opened Pandora’s box. Apparently, there has been tension on the set long before this incident. Since the audio leaked, several workers on the Mission: Impossible 7 set is reportedly steaming in anger, and five crew workers have resigned.
“He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him,” the source said. “In the end, he’s the one who carries the can.”
Mission: Impossible 7 has a target release date of November 2021. Production is expected to resume after the New Year, with hopefully cooler and clearer heads so that they can finally finish the movie. The franchise had been filming at different locations early this year, but work had to stop due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Cruise is right
But Hollywood superstar George Clooney said that Cruise is right to berate the crew for flouting the COVID-19 guidelines. The award-winning actor and producer said that Cruise “didn’t overreact” after some said he could have handled things differently.
According to the experts, however, shaming and humiliating an adult human being will not draw out a positive response. Apparently, leaders like Cruise could encourage compliance if they showed compassion and understanding rather than treating those below them with cruelty.
The experts added that this is a recipe for a toxic environment. While Cruise had the right message, he delivered this message in the “worst possible way.”
Clooney said that he completely understood where Tom Cruise is coming from. As an executive producer, he is responsible for everyone involved in the production. Needless to say, a COVID-19 safety breach is a major problem.
“You’re in a position of power and it’s tricky, right?” Clooney said. “You do have a responsibility for everybody else and he’s absolutely right about that.”
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