Tom Cruise’s on-set COVID-19 rant was due to perfectionism, sources say

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Tom Cruise’s temper tantrum on the set of the new “Mission: Impossible” movie over lax coronavirus precautions stems from the star’s perfectionism and sky-high expectations for those around him, according to industry insiders.

Cruise, 58, recently teed off on two crew members he saw violating social-distancing rules on the UK set of “Mission: Impossible 7,” yelling, “We are not shutting this f–king movie down! Is it understood?”

Sources told People magazine on Monday that Cruise snapped under the strain of the weighty standards he sets for himself and his colleagues.

Cruise “is a perfectionist and he wants others to follow suit,” one film industry source said. “Tom’s whole life is his work.

“When he sees something less than professional, he wants to make it right.”

Added a second source on the spy thriller’s production team, “It’s hard to [describe] how incredibly intense and focused he is on making every movie the absolute best possible.

“It’s hard to [describe] how incredibly intense and focused he is on making every movie the absolute best possible.”

That insider added that that stress was compounded by the ongoing pandemic, bringing with it the need to keep cast and crew safe, and production rolling.

“Tom helped set up the COVID protocol. Of course he takes it personally when the protocol is broken,” that source told People .“He is usually just laser-focused on filming. This movie is very different though. He has to film while making sure everyone stays safe.”

Cruise lost it when he saw two crewmembers huddled less than six feet apart around a computer, with the ensuing diatribe captured in a three-minute audio recording.

“They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf–kers,” he bellowed. “If I see you do it again, you’re f–king gone.”

Five staffers later quit as a result of a second rant, and Cruise has reportedly since left the set for an early holiday break.

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