Covid-Cautious Tom Cruise Has Reportedly Built 'a Secure Studio on a Former Top-Secret Military Base'

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After scaring the shit out of the crew of the latest Mission Impossible film—screaming and berating them, reportedly on multiple occasions, for breaking covid-19 protocols and inspiring many to quit—actor Tom Cruise has reportedly built “a secure studio on a former top-secret military base... a former tank design base in Longcross in Surrey,” according to Page Six.

Will filming on a military base secure Cruise and crew from the coronavirus? I’m not sure. They could always try shooting the virus... has anyone done that yet? [Page Six]


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I wonder if Cruise has thought about this simple method for ensuring the safety of the film crew during a pandemic: Not filming during a pandemic. Because you know who on the set of Mission Impossible is guilty of routinely and flagrantly violating pandemic safety best practices? Tom Cruise. Because they don’t wear masks when they are filming scenes, they aren’t consistently adhering to social distancing rules during scenes, obviously, they are talking, they are often indoors, etc. You can say what you want about two crew members, who were apparently masked, getting closer than six feet for some period of time, which is what set Cruise off on his tirade, but Cruise himself, as the star actor of the movie, is probably the biggest single violator of safety protocols on that set. There isn’t really any way to safely film a live action film during a pandemic (especially not in Italy and England where this thing is apparently being filmed), and so Tom Cruise can miss me with screaming at the crew members he is forcing to work for violations that pale in comparison to the very act of filming during a pandemic.