Tom Cruise has reportedly ‘smeared’ two Covid-protected robots for the Mission Impossible 7 set to make sure the crew is ‘behaving’ and following the rules.
The ‘sophisticated’ robots are thought to patrol during filming and also be able to test personnel for coronavirus, reports The sun.
It comes after the Hollywood star, 58, allegedly raged on set twice when he caught people breaking social distance rules during the UK shoot.
Claims: Tom Cruise reportedly ‘flushed out’ two Covid-protected robots for the Mission Impossible 7 set (filming in Rome in November)
A source has now claimed that Tom paid for the two robots in another effort to ensure filming continues during the pandemic, adding that the film will move to Dubai after working in the UK.
They said, ‘Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot doesn’t shut down that he gets washed out on these robots because he can’t be everywhere to make people behave.
‘The robots are very sophisticated and quite intimidating. Just like the Terminator, it’s not that violent.
While they called the measures a bit ‘intimidating’, they added that Tom knows he’s ‘lucky’ with filming at all and that the staff ‘trust’ the film.
MailOnline has contacted a Tom and Paramount representative for a comment.
Still filming: The ‘sophisticated’ robots are thought to patrol during filming and also be able to test personnel for coronavirus, with the reports coming after Tom allegedly ‘raged’ against the crew for now following the rules ( photo filming in Rome with Hayley Atwell in November)
It comes amid reports that Tom has built a safe COVID-19 studio to complete his upcoming blockbuster.
According to The sun, the actor spends millions adapting a former military base for filming to ensure the rest of the production runs smoothly.
Production is reported to be relocated to a former tank design base at Longcross in Surrey from Leavesden in Hertfordshire.
It comes after claims that five crew members ‘quit’ after the actor was ‘unleashed in a second frenzy’ following his anger over staff violations of COVID rules.
Filming: Tom also reportedly built a secure COVID-19 studio in the UK to complete his upcoming blockbuster
The actor is said to have given the staff a dress up party after he caught them breaking British Covid rules in Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.
A source claimed after news of the initial outburst was made public that there was ‘more anger’ over the already ‘tense’ production.
MailOnline contacted Tom Cruise representatives at the time for a comment.
The star was also previously reported to berated workers who disregarded social distance distribution rules while filming in Warner Bros. Studios.
Appealing to the no-nonsense attitude of his character, Ethan Hunt, the actor is said to have told them, ‘If I see you do it again, you’re fucking gone’.
Delays: It was reported in October that 150 extras were told not to come and shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule (Tom and co-star Hayley pictured in October)
The paper said the dressing was recorded on an audio tape, in which he would hear add, ‘And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it – and you too and you too.
And you, don’t ever f *** it again. We’re not stopping this damn movie. ‘
The American actor was reportedly upset after seeing the couple standing less than three feet apart behind a computer screen.
The actor can already be seen filming in Rome for the movie – in which he will reprise the role of fictional American secret agent Ethan Hunt.
Filming has also been done in Venice, as well as in Great Britain and Norway. But the film has already been delayed. The crew was forced to suspend production because of Covid.
Many of the vital scenes were to be filmed in Italy, which was once the center of the world’s pandemic.
In October, the Top Gun star held crisis talks with director Christopher McQuarrie after 12 people on the set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Health chiefs would trace the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, hoping it was an isolated case.
Last year, The Sun reported that 150 extras for the film were told that they were not allowed to come and shoot scenes that were on the evening’s filming schedule.
While no official reason was given for the sudden decision, it was claimed that a Covid test had come back positive from production, so filming had to be temporarily suspended.
The star wore a mask on set and is also said to be watching Covid rule breakers.
According to the Sun, he has paid £ 500,000 of his own money to pay for a cruise ship on which to isolate the cast and crew.
Mission: Impossible 7 will be released on November 19, 2021.
Frustrating: filming was delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production was based in March, delaying release