Tom Cruise's 'MI7' crew tiptoe around superstar as he's obsessed with outshining 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Tom Cruise's 'MI7' crew tiptoe around superstar as he's obsessed with outshining 'Top Gun: Maverick'
Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 7' is slated for a July release (Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Tom Cruise is completing 'Mission: Impossible 7' in preparation for its eagerly anticipated July release. However, everyone is on edge around him as he screams out orders and micromanages the rollout to an absurd degree, even by his high standards, according to reports.

Tom, who recently starred in 'Top Gun: Maverick', is straining everyone's nerves, especially on the business side, by pushing the completion to the utmost limit in terms of timelines and scheduling, Radar Online reported. The conclusion of the film is still being shot, edited, and re-envisioned. Although 'M:I7' isn't finished yet and is due out in two months, they are filming 'M:I8' back to back.

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Cruise 'has not mellowed one bit'

Fans and followers are aware of Cruise's reputation as a strict taskmaster in Hollywood. He was heard yelling and raving at the cast and crew in horrifying audio that was leaked during filming in 2020 for not upholding his extremely strict pandemic safety requirements.

Subsequent admissions by writer-director Christopher McQuarrie revealed 'M:I7' was "chaos" to make. There is "the unspoken fact" that Cruise is fighting against himself, according to sources. A source confided, "Tom is obsessed with surpassing the performance of Top Gun: Maverick. To make it the biggest Mission: Impossible ever and to use every penny and every minute to get it to that place."

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Tom Cruise attends the Royal Film Performance and UK Premiere of 'Top Gun: Maverick' at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

The source warned that Tom has not softened in the least. "It really is a miracle the project got made, and that's a testament to Tom's professionalism and ruthless perfectionist streak — but the man has not mellowed one bit," she said.

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In pursuit of an Oscar 

Earlier this year, Cruise was courting Hollywood in an effort to win an Oscar for 'Top Gun'. The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Despite being a superstar, making the rounds in Hollywood wasn't enough for him to take home the night's top prize.

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Tom Cruise attends the Korea Red Carpet for "Top Gun: Maverick" at Lotte World on June 19, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
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Cruise skipped the awards ceremony because of a scheduling difficulty, according to Entertainment Tonight.  Despite becoming the top-grossing film of 2022, 'Top Gun: Maverick' only won one Academy Award for best sound, demonstrating that he still has some work to do if he wants 'M:I8' to surpass his eagerly anticipated sequel.

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