Tom Cruise ‘appoints’ robots to ensure COVID-appropriate behaviour on Mission Impossible 7 film sets
Mission Impossible 7 shoots have been in the news of late for an unusual reason. The 58-year-old MI star Tom Cruise has been upset and angry with the lax behaviour of his crew on the UK sets as far as COVID-19 related protocol was concerned. He has ranted in the recent past about instances when he caught people on the film sets breaking social distancing rules during the UK shoot.
Variety.com credits The Sun with a news report that claims that Cruise – after he saw two crew members standing too close to one another in front of a computer screen, told the crew: “If I see you do it again you’re f—ing gone.”
In audio obtained by The Sun, Cruise can be heard saying: “We are 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 mother-f—ers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!”
Mission Impossible 7 shoots have taken place at Rome, Venice, and locations inside Britain and Norway. The star himself has been wearing a mask on the sets and The Sun reports that Tom Cruise paid GBP500,000 of his own to pay for a cruise ship to isolate the entire crew on. In October 2020, during the film’s Italy leg of shooting, director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise held crisis talks when 12 people on the set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, reports The Daily Mail. Production took another week’s delay to resume shooting on return to the UK in November 2020.
Enter the Robots:
He has decided to not leave the matter of COVID-secure behaviour to people’s discretion anymore. ‘Sophisticated’ robots will now patrol during the filming and can also test the staff randomly for coronavirus, reports The Sun. The Mission Impossible series hero has reportedly splashed out on two Covid-secure robots for deployment on the Mission Impossible 7 set to ensure that the crew are ‘behaving themselves’ and following the rules.
According to the Daily Mail, Cruise is eager to ensure that the UK Leg of the film’s shooting is completed without anyone catching an infection despite the pandemic raging across the world. After the UK part, the movie relocates to Dubai.
“Tom is so serious about making sure that the shoot is not shut down that he has splashed on these robots as he can’t be everywhere to ensure that people are behaving themselves,” a source told The Daily Mail. Cruise’s decision to stick to a rigid protocol is not new. He has always been a stickler for the observance of safety rules.
Cruise splurged on the robots after five of the crew reportedly quit the production on cue after the actor began his second vociferous rant about laxity. According to the Daily Mail, Tom Cruise is said to have given staff a dressing down after he caught them breaking UK Covid rules at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.
The robots, though they sound scary, are anything but that. Someone compared them to the ones seen in The Terminator, “only not as violent.” Reports also say that with Paramount Studios to back him, Tom Cruise has built a COVID-19 secure studio to complete his upcoming blockbuster. The Sun reports that the actor has opened-up his purse wide to pay millions to adapt a former military base for filming to ensure that the rest of the production goes off without a hitch. Filming will move from Leavesden in Hertfordshire to a former tank design base in Longcross in Surrey.
“Mission: Impossible 7” is set to release on November 19, 2021.