Tom Cruise 'hopping mad' after luggage and guard's $136K BMW is stolen near film set
Following the theft of his bodyguard's $136,000 BMW, Tom Cruise reportedly had thousands of pounds worth of luggage stolen, news outlets reported on Thursday, August 23. The 59-year-old actor is currently filming scenes for 'Mission: Impossible 7' in the United Kingdom and is said to be furious about the high-tech theft.
Cruise, who is known for losing his cool, was in the news last month when he was spotted watching the Wimbledon men's final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini at Centre Court, a day after he was accused of trying to upstage women's singles champion Ashleigh Barty. In May, the 'Top Gun' actor joined the ongoing outrage against Golden Globes organizers Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), after it was found that the 86-member committee does not have any Black voting members.
The thieves, according to The Sun, used a scanner to clone the signal from the vehicle's ignition fob while it was parked outside Birmingham's Grand Hotel. And that allowed the gang to drive away with the car right under the noses of the movie icon's elite security team. The situation alone is worthy of a gadget-packed 'Mission Impossible' movie series itself. The actor was, of course, “hopping mad” when he learned of the high-tech theft.
A source told the publication: "Tom had been driven around in the car while in Birmingham and some of his luggage and belongings were inside it when it was taken. It's since been recovered by police because it was equipped with an electronic tracking device but everything inside it had gone."
"It's a huge embarrassment for the security team and the guy who had been driving it was hopping mad — but not as mad as Tom!", the source told The Sun. The stolen car was discovered early on Wednesday, Aug 25, according to the bodyguard in charge of the actor's security staff. The thieves were able to steal the black car in minutes after intercepting the fob signal after it was left outside the Grand Hotel, which is only a two-minute walk from West Midlands Police headquarters, according to sources.
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Cruise and his co-star Hayley Atwell were reportedly filming scenes for the upcoming blockbuster in a Birmingham shopping mall. For days, Cruise's bodyguard had been chauffeuring him around the city in the vehicle, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The BMW is not believed to have been parked in a hotel-recommended secure, barrier-protected parking lot, which is an eight-minute walk away. Cruise has been commuting by helicopter from a beautiful Kent mansion where he has been staying during filming and the car has been on standby to pick him up.
Within hours of the theft, BMW was said to have provided Tom with an identical replacement. Last night, Paramount Pictures, which is producing the new MI blockbuster, declined to comment. A police spokeswoman told The Sun: "We received a report of a BMW X7 stolen from Church Street, Birmingham in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The car was recovered a short time later in Smethwick. CCTV enquiries have been made in the area that the car was recovered from. Inquiries are ongoing.”
It comes after filming on 'Mission: Impossible 7' was once again halted in June due to a positive Covid test, with crew members speculating that it could be Cruise himself, the Daily Mail reported. Despite the fact that there is "no proof" to back up the idle talk, it has been claimed that due to Cruise's alleged absence on set, people are gossiping about him.
According to a source, there was more 'anger' at the already 'tense' production after news of the first outburst was made public. "Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw. Since it became public there has been more anger and several staff members have walked. But Tom just can't take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He's upset others aren't taking it as seriously as him," an insider told the news outlet. They also stated that Tom feels responsible for the production after investing so much time and money into ensuring the team's safety while filming.