“Enjoy These Expensive Christmas Gifts Or You’re F-king Gone! Is It Understood?” Tom Cruise Shows Soft Side By Gifting MI Crew With Nice Presents.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, actor Tom Cruise wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he greets fans during a break from shooting Mission Impossible 7, along Rome's Fori Imperiali avenue. Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest “Mission: Impossible” movie after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to abide by social distancing rules. In audio released Wednesday, Dec. 16 by the Sun tabloid, the 58-year-old Hollywood megastar can be heard warning that anyone caught not following the rules to stay at least 2 meters (more than 6.5 feet) away from others will be fired. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Tom Cruise has been alternately naughty and nice, it seems, during his work on “Mission: Impossible 7” this winter – but in the wake of his recent on-set COVID-19 outburst, at least there is some “nice” to be found.

Evidence of Cruise being less than grinchy came via social media when crew members thanked Cruise and “Mission” newcomer Pom Klementieff (from “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame) for gifts received during production.

The gifts appear to have been sent and received before the Dec. 15 outburst, so it’s not necessarily a makeup move.

Speaking of makeup, one recipient, makeup artist Charlie Hounslow, was treated to Moët & Chandon champagne and a socially distanced catered holiday dinner – as posted Dec. 10 on Instagram.

As for the rant?

“They believe it had a lot to do with his ego. Good intentions aside, he didn’t need to rant and rave the way he did,” a source told Us Weekly, noting that the crew has been “walking on eggshells” ever since.

He threatened workers who were not following COVID-19 protocols, yelling, “We are not shutting this f–king movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f–king gone.”

Cruise showed his initial generosity – and his drive to complete this project – by reportedly spending $665,000 of his own money on cruise ships to house crew members during the shoot.

According to The Sun, production shut down recently, with Cruise headed to Miami to spend the holidays with his son, Connor, whom he adopted with Nicole Kidman.

An unnamed source who spoke with the publication said it’s “been exhausting keeping the production on track for so long, and it’s not getting any easier.”

“Mission: Impossible 7” is expected to come out on Nov. 19, 2021, and “Mission: Impossible 8” is set for release on Nov. 4, 2022.

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