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Mission: Impossible star Vanessa Kirby responds to Tom Cruise’s Covid rant

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Vanessa Kirby and Tom Cruise.
Vanessa Kirby has addressed Tom Cruise’s recent Covid outburst (Picture: David M. Benett/WireImage ,)

Vanessa Kirby has addressed the message in co-star Tom Cruise’s recent Covid-19 rant on the set of Mission: Impossible 7, insisting being safe is the message we all need to get across.

Last month Tom raised eyebrows when audio leaked alleged to be of the star yelling at crew members who had apparently broken social distancing rules on the Hertfordshire set, following shut downs due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

During the expletive-filled rant, Tom allegedly threatened to fire the staff if they breached the health and safety rules again.

He’s heard shouting: ‘We are the gold standard. They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us, because they believe in us and what we’re doing.

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‘I’m on the phone with every f**king 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**kers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!’

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Asked about the moment during a recent interview for her Netflix film, Pieces Of A Woman, Vanessa – who is reprising her role as White Widow in the Mission: Impossible franchise – also mentioned her sister, who is working on the film.

She told Extra TV: ‘I think being safe is the message for everybody, really.

‘For me, seeing my sister doing it on the ground and every day coming home from work and it all going well, it was really inspiring.

‘The whole industry has been shut down – cinemas, theaters, film sets. Seeing her go and do it and be one of the first ones up gave me hope.’

Vanessa isn’t the first Hollywood star to seemingly support Tom’s message, with George Clooney previously saying he ‘didn’t overreact’.

Tom has been busy on the set of the latest Mission: Impossible films (Picture: AFP)

ER actor George said on The Howard Stern Show: ‘[…]I have a friend who’s an AD on another TV show who just had the almost exact same thing happen with not quite as far out a response.’

However, he admitted: ‘I wouldn’t have done it that big […] I wouldn’t have, you know, pulled people out. You’re in a position of power and it’s tricky, right? 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.’

When They See Us filmmaker Ava DuVernay also explained she understands Tom’s rage – but stated it would have been a very different situation if she had done something similar.

Taking to Twitter, she penned: ‘If you’ve shot during the pandemic, you know the Herculean effort it is to keep a project going within Covid protocols.

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‘Then some dude doesn’t wanna wear his shield? Nah. Been there. Felt the rage.

‘Also: If I did that on set, I’d be directing icing videos for the local bakery.’

Elsewhere in Tom’s message, the Risky Business star shouted: ‘You can tell it to the people who are losing their f**king homes because our industry is shut down. It’s not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education.

‘That’s what I sleep with every night – the future of this f**king industry!’

The actor then warned: ‘If I see it again, you’re f**king gone.’

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