George Clooney is offering his two cents on Tom Cruise‘s expletive ridden-rant on the set of Mission: Impossible 7.
In a recording released by The Sun, Cruise lashed out at two crew members standing too close to each other in front of a computer screen.
“He didn’t overreact because it is a problem,” Clooney told Howard Stern in response to the leaked audio, via E! Online. “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, the Ocean’s Eleven actor admitted he may have handled the situation a bit differently.
“I wouldn’t have done it that big. I wouldn’t have, you know, pulled people out,” he said. “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.”
In the audio recording, that has since been verified by two sources to The New York Times, Cruise can be heard screaming over a potential breach of COVID-19 protocols.
“You can tell it to the people who are losing their f—ing 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—ing industry!” Cruise yelled. “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.”
Listen to the full audio here.