Cruise reportedly caught them sitting too close to one another in front of a computer screen.
In the clip, which was obtained by The Sun, he bellows: “If I see you do it again, you're f***ing gone.”
Cruise can be heard suggesting that the future of Hollywood filmmaking is reliant on the success of the seventh Mission: Impossible film.
“We are the gold standard,” he shouts. “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. 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!”
Cruise adds: “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.”
He says that if he catches anyone flouting the safety rules again, he’ll fire them.
The audio recording of Cruise has split fans down the middle, with many praising him for encouraging people to stick to the rules. Others, though, believe his rant was verging on bullying.
“He’s the producer & if that production gets shut down because a couple of people aren’t following the rules on set that will cost millions of dollars!" one person wrote in support of his rant, adding: “They are lucky to be able to work under the circumstances and should be held to account if they flaunt the rules.”
Another person, who ordinarily isn’t a particular fan of Cruise, wrote: “Not the biggest fan but that’s a heartfelt intense rant because Covid doesn’t play. The show must go on and peeps have families to feed – Tom Cruise has a huge responsibility."
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“Entirely justified rant,” someone else added on Twitter.
In criticism of the rant, one person said that “he had absolutely no right to call them names and swear like that".
They added: "If I did that at my job I’d be fired immediately!”
"There's no reason to yell," someone else wrote. “He could have made the same points without yelling and the crew would have listened.”
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