Vanessa Kirby responds to Tom Cruise’s viral coronavirus rant: ‘Being safe is the message’

Vanessa Kirby responds to Tom Cruise's viral coronavirus rant: 'Being safe is the message'

Vanessa Kirby stood by her “Mission: Impossible” co-star, Tom Cruise, after he made headlines in December for going on a tirade against crew members for breaking COVID-19 protocols on set.

The actress, who plays White Widow in the movie franchise, said she believes Cruise’s main message was about just trying to keep people safe in the middle of a global pandemic. 

“I think being safe is the message for everybody, really,” Kirby, 32, told Extra. Her sister is also a director’s assistant on the film.

“For me, seeing my sister doing it on the ground and every day coming home from work and it all going well, it was all inspiring. The whole industry has been shut down – cinemas, theaters, film sets. Seeing her go and do it and be one of the first ones up gave me hope,” she explained.

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Kirby said that she’s due to begin shooting later in January. 

“I think it starts up next week again or something,” she said. “I’m really excited… I think with every ‘Mission’… the stunts get riskier and there’s ones on this that have been terrifying… and there’s many more to be filmed… It’s a pleasure for all of us to be back.”

(L-R) Actors Vanessa Kirby and Tom Cruise are seen on the set of 'Mission: Impossible Fallout' on May 2, 2017.

(L-R) Actors Vanessa Kirby and Tom Cruise are seen on the set of ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’ on May 2, 2017. (Marc Piasecki/GC Images)

Last month, The Sun obtained audio of Cruise allegedly screaming at his crew about not social distancing on set. In the expletive-filled tirade about the importance of safety precautions, the 58-year-old actor called the film the “gold standard” of shooting amid the pandemic.

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“We are creating thousands of jobs you motherf–kers,” he shouted. “I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever. And if you don’t do it, you’re fired, and I see you do it again, you’re f–king gone.”

The star explained that his rule applies to “anyone” on the movie’s crew, slamming the employees for putting industry workers’ livelihoods at risk.

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Cruise also implied that he’s been under a great deal of stress, claiming he’s “on the phone with every f–king studio at night,” as well as with insurance companies and producers.

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