"I wouldn't have done it that big," confessed Clooney.
UPDATE 12/17/2020 6:55 AM
George Clooney reacted to Tom Cruise's viral rant after the "Mission Impossible" actor was reportedly recorded shouting at a film crew for breaking COVID protocols.
During his appearance on Wednesday's "The Howard Stern Show," Clooney sided with Cruise, but said he may have handled it a bit differently.
"He didn't overreact because it is a problem," the director of "The Midnight Sky" began. "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."
"I wouldn't have done it that big. I wouldn't have, you know, pulled people out," he continued. "You're in a position of power and it's tricky, right? 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. It's just not my style to, you know, to take everybody to task that way."
Clooney added, "I understand why he did it. He's not wrong at all about that. I just, I don't know that I would have done it quite that personally, but I don't know all the circumstances so maybe he had it 10 or 15 times before."
ORIGINAL STORY 12/16/2020 8:44 AM
Hollywood reacted to one of its own reportedly going off on a production crew for not following COVID safety guidelines.
On Tuesday, The Sun leaked an audio recording that the outlet claims is Tom Cruise engaged in a profanity-laden rant against employees on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7" after some of them apparently stood too close during filming.
In the two-and-a-half minute recording, Cruise threatened to fire workers if they continued to disregard the protocols, all while telling the crew Hollywood is counting on them to bring the movie business back to life.
"I'm on the phone with every f---ing 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 motherf---ers," Cruise is heard yelling. "No apologies. You can tell it to the people who are losing their f--king homes because our industry is shut down. It's not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education."
"'I want the truth'. 'You can't handle the truth'. -A few good men. Tom Cruise."
Straddling the lines of criticism and praise, actress Bethany Anne Lind shared, "I don't think it's for anyone to judge an out-of-context 'rant.' But someone screaming at people (with the pretense of others losing their homes - when you could pay your entire crew their yearly rent without batting an eye) is gonna be triggering for some."
"That being said," she continued. "I for sure hollered in the privacy of my home tonight about someone not present and their decisions that affect me and the decisions I make during a pandemic and I would NOT want it to be shared."
That being said... I for sure hollered in the privacy of my home tonight about someone not present and their decisions that affect me and the decisions I make during a pandemic and I would NOT want it to be shared. If you’ve gotten through this without hollering...were you awake?