Sources close to the production told Reuters and Variety that the audio, first obtained by The Sun, was genuine.
On the recording, which was shared widely on social media, Cruise is addressing two people he has apparently seen standing too close to each other, in violation of social distancing rules.
“If I see you doing it again, you’re f *** ing,” Cruise said. The swearing-long recording lasts three and a half minutes.
“We are the gold standard,” he says. “They are over there in Hollywood making films because of us. Because they believe in us and what we do. I’m on the phone with all the studio f *** ing at night, the insurance companies, the producers, and they watch us and use us to make their movies. We are creating thousands of jobs, you fathers. I never want to see him again. Never! ”
Many industries have been affected by COVID-19, and although film production is now permitted with security restrictions in place in many cities, it was initially suspended at the start of the pandemic.
“No excuses,” Cruise told the crew. “You can tell that to the people who lose their fucking homes because our industry is closed. It’s not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education. This is what I sleep with every night – the future of this fucking industry! ”
He continues, “I told you, and now I want to, and if you don’t, you’re out. We’re not closing this fucking movie! Is it understood? If I see it again, you are gone. ”
After a few minutes, Cruise’s anger gives way to a more pleading tone. He reiterates that team members have a responsibility and that failure to follow protocols would cause the film to shut down, costing people their jobs.
It is not known on what day the audio was recorded. On Wednesday, London moved to ‘Tier 3: Very High Alert’, which means tighter restrictions are in place, closing bars, pubs and restaurants except for take out, closing theaters and banning gatherings social inside.
Level 3 guidelines still allow film and TV shooting to continue, according to Film London. However, there is a checklist of protocols that productions must follow, including social distancing, increasing equipment cleaning, and keeping people in attendance to a minimum.
According to Reuters, production of the seventh “Mission: Impossible” was halted in February while filming in Italy. Filming resumed in September and moved to London in December. The film, by Paramount Pictures (a division of ViacomCBS), is scheduled for release in November 2021.
CBS News has contacted Paramount Pictures for comment and is awaiting a response.