Tom Cruise has reportedly gone to personally thank frontline NHS staff at a major vaccine centre in London.
The Mission: Impossible actor – whose latest movie in the blockbuster franchise has suffered its fair share of setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic – is said to have been keen to surprise workers while he was in the city filming by showing up to thank them for everything they’re doing.
An insider told The Sun: ‘It’s well known that Tom has been properly hammered by Covid as he tried to complete work on his next blockbuster.
‘He told his team he wanted to pay his personal tribute to frontline health staff who have helped get movies back on track.
‘He visited NHS staff at the ExCel Centre in East London on Thursday. They were really shocked to see such a huge movie star.
‘Tom wanted to keep it a secret and ensure it was a nice surprise for them. The world had heard his rant at crew on set and that proved just how seriously he has taken the pandemic.’
Tom’s special visit comes after he went viral in December after a video surfaced of him raging at crew members on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 – which has been filming in the UK – for not socially distancing on set, amid fears a Covid breakout could have shut down production.
He was seen yelling: ‘If I see you do it again, you’re f***ing gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it.’
Tom moved filming to the UK from the US after production was initially put on hold in March last year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
He took part in a video call with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who confirmed that filmmakers are exempt from quarantine rules for those arriving from certain countries and explained how it would allow the blockbuster to resume filming at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden.
Dowden wrote on Twitter: ‘New exemption from quarantine rules for filmmakers means we can start making the best blockbusters again. Great to talk to Tom Cruise last weekend about getting the cameras rolling again on Mission: Impossible 7.’
The politician added: ‘The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain.
‘We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again.’