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    George Clooney Totally Gets Why Tom Cruise Reacted The Way He Did To Crew Members Not Following COVID-19 Guidelines

    "If the production goes down, a lot of people lose their jobs."

    George Clooney can empathize with Tom Cruise. After the Mission: Impossible 7 star and coproducer absolutely went in on crew members for violating COVID-19 safety guidelines, George has offered his take on the situation.

    George Clooney attends the "Gravity" New York premiere
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    When George was asked about Tom barking at two crew members, "you’re fucking gone," if they got closer than six feet one more time, the Ocean's Eleven star said he totally gets it.

    Tom Cruise talking during a pause on the set of the film, "Mission Impossible 7"
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    "He didn't overreact because it is a problem," George told Howard Stern. "I have a friend who's an AD on another TV show who just had the almost exact same thing happen with not quite as far out a response."

     George Clooney speaks virtually
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    While George said, "it's just not my style to, you know, to take everybody to task that way," he thinks the message behind Tom's angry rant was a solid one.

    George Clooney on a set
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    In an audio recording of the incident obtained by The Sun, Tom is heard yelling, "I’m on the phone with every fucking studio at night, insurance companies, producers and they’re looking at us and using us to make their movies. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherfuckers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!"

    "I wouldn't have done it that big. I wouldn't have, you know, pulled people out," George said, adding, "I understand why he did it. He's not wrong at all about that. You know, I just, I don't know that I would have done it quite that personally, but I don't know all the circumstances."

    George Clooney of "Catch 22" speaks onstage during the Hulu panel
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    While it's unclear whether or not this was the first time Tom saw the two crew members infringing on the mandatory six-feet distance between them, Tom said in his scolding he was looking out for "the people who are losing their fucking homes because our industry is shut down."

    Tom Cruise meets fans during a break from filming "Mission Impossible 7"
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    "[Sorry is] not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education," he screamed. "That’s what I sleep with every night — the future of this fucking industry! So I’m sorry, I'm beyond your apologies."

    Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell on set
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    Even though George would have taken a different approach, he agrees with Tom about the consequences of any COVID-19 safety protocol violation. "You're in a position of power and it's tricky, right?" he explained. "You do have a responsibility for everybody else and he's absolutely right about that. And, you know, if the production goes down, a lot of people lose their jobs. People have to understand that and have to be responsible."

     George Clooney attends the premiere of "Suburbicon"
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    George had a message of his own, too: “It’s been a shit year and we’re gonna get through it. These vaccines are going to take hold. Hang in there, we’ve got a couple more months to get through it. Don’t bail on it now, we’re going to all get through this thing together, and put on a fucking mask.”

    Tom Cruise meets fans during a break from filming "Mission Impossible 7"
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    For more information on how to protect others and yourself during the pandemic, visit the CDC's website.

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