Tom Cruise seems to be gaining inspiration from his character, Ethan Hunt, who knows a thing or two about snazzy gizmos and handy gadgets. The Mission: Impossible star has introduced the latest in COVID gadgetry by buying two state-of-the-art robots that will patrol the set of Mission: Impossible 7.
According to reports, Tom paid huge sums for the robots, and not only will they be an intimidating reminder to obey the COVID safety rules, but can also administer on-the-spot tests to staff. Filming resumes this week at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
“Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot isn’t shut down that he’s splashed out on these robots as he can’t be everywhere to ensure people are behaving themselves,” a source on the film set said. “The robots are really sophisticated and rather intimidating. It’s like the Terminator only not as violent”.
The news should somewhat come as of no surprise, after the 58 year-old made his feelings about COVID safety extremely clear. Tom lost the plot with crew members for failing to social distance on the Mission: Impossible 7 set, last month. Five members were reported to have quit the film productions as a result.
A recording of Tom losing his cool became a viral sensation. The Hollywood megastar, clearly feeling the pressure of his own responsibility to the film industry, pointed out that getting movies back on track was “creating thousands of jobs”.
The franchise has cost Tom a lot of money to ensure filming can continue, including £500,000 on an old cruise ship for cast and crew members to isolate. Extreme decisions have been made, but the film has run into problems before, with 12 people testing positive for COVID on set in Venice. That led to a crisis call between Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie and Warner Brothers about how to keep everything going.
It now seems Tom has been successful in making the most impossible mission work out, yet again, even if it is with the help of two robots.