Shocking footage recently emerged of Tom Cruise losing his cool on the set of Mission Impossible 7, with the crew having to deal with his “abusive” attitude.
But now George Clooney has spoken up in the star’s defense…
Although his recent rant to crew members on set might have been a little too far.
Now, you will probably recognize Cruise from his role in the Mission Impossible franchise.
In the films, Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, a role he has starred as since 1996.
In fact, he’s won 3 Golden Globes and has been nominated for 3 Oscars for his more “serious” ventures, including Rain Man, The Fourth of July, and Jerry Maguire.
And that is, quite simply, being a weird guy.
His disingenuous persona in interviews alongside the oddly secretive nature of his private life has led many to believe that all is not what it seems with Cruise.
There’s been a fair amount of speculation as to what’s really going on.
So much so, in fact, that it’s turned into something of a full-blown conspiracy theory.
And many speculate that a lot of the weirdness in his life can be attributed to his religious beliefs.
The majority of these centers around Cruise’s weird romantic relationships.
Rogers was 6 years Cruise’s senior and the pair often appeared to have little in the way of intimate connection. This led some to speculate that this was more of a marriage of convenience.
He met fellow actress, Nicole Kidman, on the set of Days of Thunder and the pair married just ten months after his first divorced finalized.
Kidman and Cruise adopted 2 children, Connor and Isabella, during their brief marriage.
Just look at this photo – it seems almost as though Nicole Kidman is a husk of her former self. She looks exhausted and empty. Life with Cruise sure doesn’t look easy.
These images of Nicole Kidman leaving her lawyer’s office after filing for divorce from Tom Cruise speak volumes.
Many believed that the reason that Cruise was undertaking repeated short and failed marriages is because he’s secretly not attracted to women.
Scientology couldn’t have this – and so it supposedly stepped in to ensure that his next marriage would be a success.
Which meant that, for them, finding Tom Cruise a “perfect wife” was a matter of urgency.
Church leader, David Miscavige (along with wife Michele, who’s now missing – but that’s another story), reportedly made finding Cruise a girlfriend into something of a project.
Girls were shipped in and tested for their qualifications to be a good Scientologist partner for Cruise.
It was young and aspiring actress, Katie Holmes.
Want to hear something weird? In a previous magazine interview, Holmes had claimed that she’d dreamt of marrying Tom Cruise since she was a little girl. Creepy stuff.
But right from the beginning, some noticed the same odd body language that Cruise had previously displayed with his ex-wives.
(For those who don’t remember, Cruise was interviewed by Oprah and jumped on his sofa in one of the most unconvincing displays of love of all time.)
Just 7 months after the two revealed that they were dating, they proudly displayed Katie’s baby bump.
Of course, there are those who believe that Holmes was pregnant before Cruise came into her life – but, again, that’s another story.
Much of her birth story was kept a secret – but there was that famous Vanity Fair cover shot by Annie Leibovitz.
Details that were leaked (such as Holmes reportedly having to remain totally silent throughout the labor) were as weird as the world expected.
They legally wed in Los Angeles, but held their ceremony in Bracciano, Italy, in November of 2006.
Many suspected that it was an arranged marriage set up by the Church of Scientology. These rumors weren’t helped by the fact that Cruise’s best man was none other than David Miscavige.
In fact, Holmes apparently blindsided Cruise by filing for divorce from the actor in 2012.
The sharp turnaround has led many to believe that Holmes had some sort of five-year contract of marriage.
There was speculation about the reasons for the split – which have never been made public.
According to ex-member (and author of Je Suis a Cult Whistleblower: Scientology Kills), Samantha Domingo, the church won’t allow Cruise to see his daughter.
As Mission Impossible 2 co-star Thandie Newton spoke up about the horrific experience that was working with him.
“He was a very dominant individual.”
“He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done,” she revealed.
“But if you actually look at his actions, they’re not consistent.”
“I learned pretty quickly that that’s not something you should be doing, because Tom Cruise is considered a messiah in Scientology.”
“That this guy can be running around and having people think he’s this super-nice guy, I don’t get it. But that’s the Hollywood-bulls–t game people play.”
Filming for Mission Impossible 7 in Rome, Italy.
First, a blue surgical face covering.
According to reports, Cruise got riled up by the film crew when he spotted them huddling together by a screen.
He added: “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. I’m on the phone with every f***ing 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***ers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!”
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently filming in the UK, and the star has set strict guidelines that he clearly doesn’t want to be broken.
“You can tell it to the people who are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down,” he continued. “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***ing industry!
“So I’m sorry, I am beyond your apologies. I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don’t do it, you’re out. We are not shutting this f***ing movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f***ing gone.”
Production only started back up a few weeks ago, and Cruise is clearly nervous that things could easily get shut down again.
“Am I clear? Do you understand what I want? Do you understand the responsibility that I have? Because I will deal with your reason, and if you can’t be reasonable and I can’t deal with your logic, you’re fired,” Cruise continued. “That’s it. That is it. I trust you guys to be here.”
But now George Clooney has spoken up in the star’s defense …
“He didn’t overreact because it is a problem. 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,” he told E! News.
“I wouldn’t have, you know, pulled people out.”
“You do have a responsibility for everybody else and he’s absolutely right about that.”
“People have to understand that and have to be responsible.”
So, there you have it. What do you think?
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