Tom Cruise 'personally' thanked Mission: Impossible 7 crew after huge challenges

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Tom Cruise made sure to bring his famed special touch to Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One by taking the time to personally thank all the crew who worked on the film.

The seventh film in the popular franchise – which is the first of two parts for a finale worthy of Impossible Mission Force field agent Ethan Hunt and co – was famously the first major movie set back up and running amid the coronavirus pandemic in September 2020.

Shooting preparation had been abruptly halted earlier in the year as Covid swept the globe, with production even switching from Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden to Longcross Film Studios in Surrey, a former UK MOD site where films were allowed to continue shooting under strict protocols.

Reflecting on the decision to continue filming as early as possible during the pandemic, and if he was proud of it, Tom – who served as the movie’s producer alongside JJ Abrams and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie – heaped praise on his crew for getting through ‘that very challenging time’.

‘Listen, we had to do it and I’m very proud of my crew,’ he shared, speaking exclusively to at the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One UK premiere in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday night.

‘We presented it to them last night, them and their families, and it was lovely because I got an opportunity to really thank them all personally.’

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He added: ‘It’s something that we can all be proud of, what we accomplished to keep people working and keep people going during that very challenging time. And I say, “Look at what we have, look at what we all did together”.’

The action star also said it was ‘very important’ to him that the new Mission: Impossible film do well with its audience.

‘You know, I always make my movies for an audience, and you always want them to work – but even more so now,’ the 60-year-old admitted.

His dedication to making Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning famously made headlines at the end of 2020 when audio was leaked of him screaming at crew members for breaking Covid social distancing rules in front of him in an expletive-filled rant.

In a recording obtained by The Sun, Tom was heard insisting: ‘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**king 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**kers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!’ 

Months later, Tom confirmed that he had no regrets over his outburst.

‘I said what I said,’ the blockbuster star told Empire magazine. 

‘There was a lot at stake at that point… But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people.’ 

The Top Gun actor clarified that filming was ‘never shut down again’ so, in other words, his rant hit home.

After initially pushing back its slated November 2021 release, studio Paramount decided to postpone both parts of Dead Reckoning again in early 2022, sharing that ‘after thoughtful consideration’ they would be slated for this summer and June 2024, respectively.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits UK cinemas on Wednesday July 10.

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