Tom Cruise has reportedly ‘splashed out’ on two Covid-secure robots for the Mission Impossible 7 set to ensure crew are ‘behaving themselves’ and following the rules.
It comes after the Hollywood star, 58, was said to have twice ranted on set when he caught people breaking social distancing rules during the UK shoot.
Claims: Tom Cruise has reportedly ‘splashed out’ on two Covid-secure robots for the Mission Impossible 7 set (pictured filming in Rome in November)
A source has now claimed that Tom has paid for the two robots in another attempt to ensure filming continues amid the pandemic, adding that after working in the UK the movie will relocate to Dubai.
They said: ‘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.
‘The robots are really sophisticated and rather intimidating. It’s like the Terminator only not as violent.
Although calling the measures a little ‘intimidating’, they added that Tom knows he’s ‘lucky’ to be filming at all and that staff are ‘relying’ on the film happening.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Tom and Paramount for a comment.
Still filming: It is thought that the ‘sophisticated’ robots will patrol during filming and can also test staff for coronavirus, with the reports coming after Tom was said to have ‘ranted’ at crew for now following rules (pictured filming in Rome with Hayley Atwell in November)
It comes amid reports that Tom has built a COVID-19 secure studio to complete his upcoming blockbuster.
According to The Sun, the actor is spending millions to adapt a former military base for filming to ensure the rest of the production goes off without a hitch.
Production will reportedly be moved to a former tank design base in Longcross in Surrey from Leavesden in Hertfordshire.
It comes after claims that five crew members ‘quit’ after the actor ‘launched into a second rant’ following his fury about staff breaking COVID rules.
Filming: Tom has also reportedly built a COVID-19 secure studio in the UK to complete his upcoming blockbuster
The actor is said to have given staff a dressing down after he caught them breaking UK Covid rules at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.
A source claimed after news of the first outburst was made public that there has been ‘more anger’ at the already ‘tense’ production.
MailOnline contacted Tom Cruise’s representatives for a comment at the time.
It was also previously reported that the star scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios.
Invoking the no-nonsense attitude of his character, Ethan Hunt, the actor is said to have told them ‘If I see you doing it again, you’re f***ing gone’.
Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule (Tom and co-star Hayley pictured in October)
The paper said the dressing down was recorded on an audio tape, in which he is heard to add: ‘And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too.
‘And you, don’t you ever f***ing do it again. We are not shutting this f***ing movie down.’
The American actor was reportedly angered after seeing the pair stood less than a metre away from each other at a computer screen.
The actor has already been seen filming in Rome for the film – in which he will reprise the role of fictional American secret agent, Ethan Hunt.
Filming has also taken place in Venice, as well as Britain and Norway. But the film has already faced delays. The crew were forced to pause production due to Covid.
Many of the vital scenes were due to be filmed in Italy – which was at one point the centre of the world’s pandemic.
In October, the Top Gun star held crisis talks with director Christopher McQuarrie after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case.
Last year, The Sun reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule for the evening.
While no official reason was given for the sudden decision, it was claimed a Covid test had come back positive from the production so filming needed to be suspended temporarily.
The star has been wearing a mask on set and has also reportedly been keeping an eye out for Covid rule-breakers.
According to the Sun, he has paid £500,000 of his own money to pay for a cruise ship for the cast and crew to isolate on.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set to be released on November 19, 2021.
Frustrating: Filming was already delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release to be pushed back