Tom Cruise ‘surprises NHS staff with a secret visit to thank them for working in pandemic’
Tom Cruise reportedly surprised NHS staff to thank them for working though the coronavirus pandemic.
The movie star, 58, is thought to have secretly visited the ExCel Centre in East London last Thursday to ‘pay personal tribute to frontline health staff’.
It comes after Mission Impossible 7 finally wrapped following a series of delays and amid claims the star had ranted at crew for breaking social distancing rules on set.
Kind gesture: Tom Cruise reportedly surprised NHS staff at the ExCel Centre in East London to thank them for working though the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2018)
A source told The Sun: ‘He told his team he wanted to pay his personal tribute to frontline health staff who have helped get movies back on track.
‘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.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Tom Cruise and the ExCel Centre for further comment.
Taking it seriously: The actor, 58, has recently wrapped on his own movie Mission Impossible 7 following a series of delays and claims he ‘ranted’ at crew when they broke social distancing rules on set (pictured filming in Rome in October)
The ExCel Centre is now a major vaccine centre with another part of the site being used for the NHS Nightingale Hospital’s new patient rehabilitation facility.
Speaking in January, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘I want to say thank you to our brilliant NHS staff who have transformed the Excel Centre to be used as a new large-scale vaccination venue, as well as preparing the NHS Nightingale Hospital to open as a new patient rehabilitation facility in a different part of the centre.
‘This will be crucial in freeing up much-needed beds across London’s hospitals, while also accelerating the roll-out of the vaccine.’
Cruise’s visit comes after filming on Mission: Impossible 7 wrapped following a marathon global schedule interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nice gesture: A source claimed that Tom ‘wanted to pay his personal tribute to frontline health staff who have helped get movies back on track’ (pictured filming in Venice in October)
Filming on Mission: Impossible 7 was supposed to start in Italy in February 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed it until July 2020.
Filming began in the UK, moved to Norway and then back to Italy where it ground to a halt once again after 12 crew members tested positive for the coronavirus.
The movie was also hit with claims that five crew members ‘quit’ after Cruise ‘launched into a second rant’ following his fury about staff breaking COVID rules.
Cruise is said to have given staff a dressing down after he caught them breaking UK COVID-19 rules at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.
A source claimed after news of the first outburst was made public there has been ‘more anger’ at the already ‘tense’ production.
It was also previously reported that the star scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios.
A wrap: Mission: Impossible-7 was hit by a series of delays to filming amid the pandemic (Tom Cruise is seen filming with co-star Hayley Atwell in Rome in October)
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’.