George Clooney on Tom Cruise’s COVID-19-related outburst: ‘It’s just not my style’
While Clooney didn’t think Cruise over-reacted, he said he wouldn’t have gone about it quite the same way. Meanwhile, several crew members have reportedly resigned after Cruise went on a second rant on the set of the seventh Mission Impossible movie.
Tom Cruise made the news on Wednesday (Dec 16) when an audio clip of him berating two crew members on the set of the Mission Impossible 7 film was leaked by British tabloid The Sun.
The 58-year-old star, who is also a producer on the movie, was angry that the staff had breached COVID-19 protocol and didn’t maintain sufficient distance between them.
His tirade, which included a lot of F-bombs, also touched on the fact that any breach in health measures could shut down production and cause people to lose their livelihoods.
Fellow A-list celebrity George Clooney has weighed in on the issue, having been asked to comment during his interview on Howard Stern’s radio show on Wednesday.
Clooney said that he didn’t think Cruise over-reacted “because it is a problem”, however, Clooney wouldn’t have done it quite the same way.
“I wouldn’t have done it that big. I wouldn’t have, you know, pulled people out,” he added.
“You do have a responsibility for everybody else, and he’s absolutely right about that. And, you know, if the production goes down, a lot of people lose their jobs. People have to understand that and have to be responsible. It’s just not my style to, you know, to take everybody to task that way. It doesn’t help necessarily, to point to specific people in that way, but everybody has their own style."
The 59-year-old actor also said that while he wouldn’t have done it that way, he didn’t know the circumstances leading up to the moment. “Maybe (Cruise) had it 10 or 15 times before,” he said.
During his outburst, Cruise threatened to fire those who broke the rules.
“If I see you doing it again, you’re f—ing gone and if anyone on this crew does it, that's it. No apologies.”
The Sun has since reported on Dec 17 that five crew members have quit the movie after Cruise went on a second rant. The tabloid quoted a source as saying: “The first outburst was big but things haven’t calmed since. Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw. Since it became public there has been more anger and several staff have walked”.