In December, The Sun leaked audio of the action star laying into crew members on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7" for violating COVID-19 protocols.
"I don't ever want to see it again. Ever! And if you don't do it, you're fired, and I see you do it again, you're [expletive] gone," he screamed. The movie star, who's also a producer on the film, noted how important following mitigation rules was from a financial standpoint.
"You can tell it to the people who are losing their [expletive] homes because our industry is shut down. It's not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education. That's what I sleep with every night," he said. "So I'm sorry. I am beyond your apologies. I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don't do it, you're out."
Now, more than four months after the rant, Tom is sticking to his guns.
"I said what I said," he told Empire. "There was a lot at stake at that point … But it wasn't my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people."
Filming "never shut down again" after his rant, Tom said. "And here we are, continuing to film."
Like all movies, "Mission: Impossible 7" filming was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it was also one of the first movies to return to production. In the viral tirade, Tom yelled that the set needed to be the "gold standard" of safely filming.
"All those emotions were going through my mind," he recalled of returning to filming. "And for the whole crew to know that we'd started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief … It was very emotional."
The interview comes as Tom is also making news for his protest against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that votes on and produces the Golden Globe awards. On May 10, reports said the actor returned his three Golden Globe trophies to call attention to the lack of diversity within the HFPA. He, like many celebrities, is demanding meaningful change.