Tom Cruise has shelled out “huge sums” for two high-tech robots to enforce coronavirus safety protocols on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” – and also administer spot tests to the crew, according to a report.
“Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot isn’t shut down that he’s splashed out on these robots as he can’t be everywhere to ensure people are behaving themselves,” a source on the set told The Sun.
Shooting resumes this week in the UK before the production heads to Dubai, the source said.
The 58-year-old megastar — who recently blew up at two crew members for flouting COVID-19 safety protocols – has spent millions to move the production to a former tank design base in Longcross in Surrey, the outlet has reported.
While filming at Leavesden in Hertfordshire, Cruise went ballistic when the two workers stood too close together.
“If I see you do it again, you’re f–king gone! And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too! And you, don’t you ever f–king do it again!” the “Top Gun” actor was heard yelling in a leaked audio clip.
Five staffers reportedly quit following a second outburst.
“Yes, the rant that came out last month may have been a bit over the top, but he was right, and those who saw the story sympathized with him,” the source told The Sun.
“He gets paid a lot for these films but he also knows that he is lucky to be working and staff on the film from top to bottom rely on this film going ahead. You don’t have to go far to see how just how much the pandemic has affected jobs,” the person continued.
“The robots are really sophisticated and rather intimidating. It’s like the Terminator only not as violent,” the source added.