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Leah Remini claims Tom Cruise’s COVID-related ‘psychotic rant’ on set was ‘all for publicity’

While some have applauded actor Tom Cruise for his recent on-set scolding of crew members for allegedly flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules, one person is definitely not impressed.

Leah Remini, of Scientology and the Aftermath fame, released a scathing commentary on Friday regarding Cruise’s behavior, published on TonyOrtega.org.

The Saved By The Bell star, 50, spoke about Cruise’s long-held and peep-seated faith in the Church of Scientology, accusing him of losing his temper purely as a ‘publicity stunt’.

Unimpressed: Leah Remini, of Scientology and the Aftermath fame, released a scathing commentary on Friday regarding Tom Cruise’s recent on-set scolding of crew members; seen here in 2018

After explaining that Cruise, and all Scientologists, doesn’t believe in illness and considers it to be connected to ‘suppressive’ people, Remini explained what she believed his motives were for the tantrum.

‘Tom does not care about the families of his crew; this is all for publicity. Tom does not believe in family values,’ she wrote.

‘I would bet that Tom had this rant written for him and had his Scientology assistant record and release it,’ she later added. 

‘Hearing a rich actor with enormous power address his crew in this way is a sign of weakness and a deeply troubled person.’

Masked up: The Saved By The Bell star spoke about Cruise's long-held faith in the Church of Scientology, accusing him of losing his temper purely as a 'publicity stunt'; Tom seen here in October on the set of his new movie Mission: Impossible 7

Masked up: The Saved By The Bell star spoke about Cruise’s long-held faith in the Church of Scientology, accusing him of losing his temper purely as a ‘publicity stunt’; Tom seen here in October on the set of his new movie Mission: Impossible 7

Later, Leah went even deeper, commenting on the 58-year-old Top Gun star’s mental wellbeing.

‘His mental state is showing. Tom seems to think that Hollywood is incapable of making films without his help,’ she stated. 

‘Saying such a thing indicates the godlike figure Tom believes he is, and what he is told by Scientology.’

'Hearing a rich actor with enormous power address his crew in this way is a sign of weakness and a deeply troubled person,' Remini stated; seen on her show last year

‘Hearing a rich actor with enormous power address his crew in this way is a sign of weakness and a deeply troubled person,’ Remini stated; seen on her show last year

‘This is an actor with enormous power on the set of his film, this is not just a guy in the middle of a public place standing up to someone for not wearing a mask. This is Tom friggin’ Cruise wielding his power and threatening and degrading his crew,’ she later added. 

Toward the end, Remini accused the organization as a whole for being ‘manipulative’.

‘In addition, Scientologists are so manipulative and abusive that they believe that this “tone” is the “winning tone” of the country right now and therefore can only help Tom’s reputation to have this leaked.’

Leah’s reaction comes after a furious Tom Cruise gave two Mission: Impossible 7 crew members an X-rated dressing down this week, after he caught them breaking UK Covid rules on set according to reports. 

'His mental state is showing. Tom seems to think that Hollywood is incapable of making films without his help,' she stated; Cruise seen here in 2015

‘His mental state is showing. Tom seems to think that Hollywood is incapable of making films without his help,’ she stated; Cruise seen here in 2015

The Hollywood superstar is said to have scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Herts.

Invoking the no-nonsense attitude of his spy character, Ethan Hunt, the actor told them ‘If I see you doing it again, you’re f***ing gone,’ according to the Sun.

The paper says 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 Hollywood superstar (pictured during filming in Rome last month) is said to have scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Herts

The Hollywood superstar (pictured during filming in Rome last month) is said to have scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Herts

Filming is well underway for the latest movie in the blockbuster franchise – Mission Impossible 7.

The actor has already been seen filming in Rome for the latest movie, in which he will reprise the role of fictional American secret agent, Ethan Hunt. 

Last month, Tom was seen getting behind the wheel of a vintage yellow Fiat 500 in the Italian capital as he prepared for dramatic stand-off scenes with a squad of police cars.

Filming is well-underway for the latest movie in the blockbuster franchise - Mission Impossible 7. Pictured: Tom Cruise

Filming is well-underway for the latest movie in the blockbuster franchise – Mission Impossible 7. Pictured: Tom Cruise

The star was seen attempting to drive his small vehicle down a wide city boulevard, before apparently coming unstuck when met with the army of cop cars and bikes.

In previous weeks, he has been spotted shooting a number of scenes in the Italian capital with his Mission: Impossible 7 co-star Hayley Atwell, 38.

Filming has also taken place in Venice, as well as Britain and Norway. 

But the film has already faced delays. The crew was previously 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 month, 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 coronavirus test had come back positive from the production so filming needed to be suspended temporarily.

The actor has already been seen filming in Rome for the latest movie - in which he will reprise the role of American secret agent, Ethan Hunt. Pictured: Cruise filming in Rome last month

The actor has already been seen filming in Rome for the latest movie – in which he will reprise the role of American secret agent, Ethan Hunt. Pictured: Cruise filming in Rome last month

Cruise has been spotted shooting a number of scenes in the Italian capital with his Mission: Impossible 7 co-star Hayley Atwell, 38 (pictured together)

Cruise has been spotted shooting a number of scenes in the Italian capital with his Mission: Impossible 7 co-star Hayley Atwell, 38 (pictured together)

Crew also urged members of the public to remain socially distanced from one another as they waited to see the stars, while Tom and director Christopher are also said to have made the request. 

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.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible for comment.   

Mission: Impossible 7 is set to be released on November 19, 2021. 


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