George Clooney Defends Tom Cruise After He Screamed at Film Crew for Breaking COVID Rules | 22 Words

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...

The Hollywood icon is clearly taking no chances...

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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.

Alongside his action roles, however, Cruise has shown an impressive range.

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. 

But, aside from his movie career, there's something else that Cruise is known for.

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.

Tom Cruise has been entrenched in the controversial religion of Scientology since 1990.

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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.

He came to the Church through his first wife, Mimi Rogers.

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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.

Cruise's next marriage was even more high-profile.

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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.

The couple even started a family together.

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Kidman and Cruise adopted 2 children, Connor and Isabella, during their brief marriage.

Again, many noticed something strange about the partnership.

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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.

And, for further evidence:

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These images of Nicole Kidman leaving her lawyer's office after filing for divorce from Tom Cruise speak volumes. 

After Cruise's second 1-year marriage came to an end, some suspected outside intervention.

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.

Scientology puts a lot of stock in its celebrity associations.

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Which meant that, for them, finding Tom Cruise a "perfect wife" was a matter of urgency.

So religious leaders buckled down.

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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.

There are claims that the whole thing was like an audition.

Girls were shipped in and tested for their qualifications to be a good Scientologist partner for Cruise.

And the eventual winner?

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.

The pair went public with their relationship in April 2005.

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But right from the beginning, some noticed the same odd body language that Cruise had previously displayed with his ex-wives.

And the less he said about this, the better.

(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.)

Shortly after, Holmes announced that she was pregnant.

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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.

In April 2006, just a year after the pair met, Suri Cruise was born.

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.

Soon after, the pair married.

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They legally wed in Los Angeles, but held their ceremony in Bracciano, Italy, in November of 2006.

The wedding was subject to much speculation.

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.

But things between the pair soured.

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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.

The divorce was pretty suspicious to many.

There was speculation about the reasons for the split - which have never been made public.

And, on top of this, Cruise is allegedly very distant from his daughter.

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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.

And earlier this year things look set to get even worse for Cruise.

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As Mission Impossible 2 co-star Thandie Newton spoke up about the horrific experience that was working with him.

"Oh, I was never asked [about Scientology]. I was so scared of Tom," Newton claimed.

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"He was a very dominant individual."

"But the pressure."

"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.

"Tom has gotten away with being this ‘nice guy,’ because that’s what Scientology policy says—to create good PR in the world and make those ‘good actions’ known."

"But if you actually look at his actions, they’re not consistent."

"He can’t keep a marriage together, he’s jumping on couches, he’s acting like he knows anything about postpartum."

"I learned pretty quickly that that’s not something you should be doing, because Tom Cruise is considered a messiah in Scientology."

"This is a man who has not even seen his own daughter in years."

"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." Yikes.

But, despite all the drama, Cruise is now back on set.

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Filming for Mission Impossible 7 in Rome, Italy.

And the star has been following safety precautions by wearing a mask...

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Or 2.

During a breaking in film, Cruise went to greet fans wearing 2 masks.

First, a blue surgical face covering.

And on top of that, a black material mask.

Safety first!

Not only that, but it looks like he lost his temper with the crew for not taking COVID protocols seriously...

According to reports, Cruise got riled up by the film crew when he spotted them huddling together by a screen.

Cruise could be heard shouting: “If I see you do it again, you're f***ing gone."

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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.

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“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."

The movie was delayed back in October due to twelve people testing positive for coronavirus on set in Italy.

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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."

Many were shocked by the video.

But now George Clooney has spoken up in the star's defense ...

Clooney spoke to E! News about the controversial vid.

"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 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."

So, there you have it. What do you think? Scroll on for more, including the latest on Katie Holmes' relationship ...