Tom Cruise has bought two Covid-secure robots to patrol the set of Mission Impossible during filming and test staff

AFTER his infamous rant last month over Covid regulations on his film set, Tom Cruise is going to extreme lengths to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

I can reveal the Hollywood legend has bought two state-of-the-art robots to patrol the set of Mission Impossible 7 when filming resumes this week.

He has paid huge sums for the gadgets which can also administer on-the-spot tests to staff.

A film-set source said: “Shooting for it will resume in the UK later this week before it goes off to Dubai.

“Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot isn’t shut down that he’s splashed out on these robots as he can’t be everywhere to ensure people are behaving themselves.

“Yes, the rant that came out last month may have been a bit over the top, but he was right, and those who saw the story sympathised with him.

“He gets paid a lot for these films but he also knows that he is lucky to be working and staff on the film from top to bottom rely on this film going ahead.

“You don’t have to go far to see how just how much the pandemic has affected jobs.”

The source went on: “The robots are really sophisticated and rather intimidating. It’s like the Terminator only not as violent.”

Last month The Sun revealed Tom ranted at two crew who were standing within two metres of each other at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Herts.

He said: “If I see you do it again, you’re f***ing gone.”

Two staff got Covid last year while in Venice and filming was postponed as international lockdowns were introduced.

I believe Tom is being cruel to be kind.

Jack laughs all the way to the bank

JACK WHITEHALL will be one of the few people smiling right now after seeing his bank balance.

The comic has almost doubled his money, according to new financial accounts from his Jackpot Productions Limited firm submitted to Companies House.

It shows he had £14.4million in the bank in 2019, having bagged £7.4million in the financial year before.

During the stellar year Jack starred in blockbuster film The Queen’s Corgi, hosted the Brit Awards, released the third series of his Netflix show, Travels With My Father, as well as a Christmas West End special, and a stand-up tour including dates at London’s O2 Arena.

A source said: “It was a real breakout year for Jack, having established himself as one of the best Brits hosts for a long time. And stand-up tours can be lucrative, so selling out the O2 is a big deal.”

Jack was busy last year too, returning as host of the music awards bash, releasing a new Travels With My Father series and presenting two shows on the BBC.

He’s also got films Clifford The Big Red Dog and Jungle Cruise to come out in 2021.

Jack’s only just getting started.

Gwyn’s sex demand

GWYNETH Paltrow has a very specific demand if she is to return to acting.

She has taken a break since her last role in The Politician was screened during early 2020.

But the actress, married to Glee and American Horror Story creator Brad Falchuk, says she needs to be sleeping with the writer.

She told Naomi Campbell’s No Filter YouTube Channel: “Someone said, ‘what is it going to take to get you acting again?’ And I said, ‘I have to be f***ing the writer’.

“But that’s sort of it – if my husband writes something and he wants me to do it then I’ll do it. I could never say never. I would like to go back on stage one day, I really loved doing theatre.”

And people say a lot of celebrities are demanding divas.

London calling

ELIZABETH Olsen is the latest Hollywood star considering swapping the glitz and glamour of La La Land for Blighty.

The Avengers actress says she’d like to move to England, in particular leafy Richmond, South West London, after filming there with fiancé Robbie Arnett.

It comes after Aussie Nicole Kidman revealed she was looking to relocate to Belfast.

Elizabeth said: “I’m having the greatest time. I’m with my partner and we’re in Richmond and he’s a writer, he’s a musician, in a band called Milo Greene.

“We’re living this British dream at this house in Richmond right by the water.

“We want to figure out how to stay here so now we want to write a romcom, about an American in England. We don’t want to leave.”

California-born Elizabeth told the Table Manners podcast: “It feels different here. Robbie and I feel so connected here in England.”

It’s the best place to live in the world . . . when the pubs are open.

John's A-peel

JONATHAN ROSS has told how his first sexual experiences as a teen were with an orange and a Hoover.

The Masked Singer judge, who didn’t kiss a girl until he was 17, told Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains show on Comedy Central: “I didn’t know anything about sex.

“I became very interested in women’s magazines and would read my mum’s to try and pick out clues as to what women were.

“One section said, ‘How to get your man better at oral sex’. It said, ‘Peel the orange and the hole in the middle, insert your tongue’, so I felt, ‘This is something I need to learn’.”

The dad of three, now married to screenwriter Jane Goldman, added: “I’d read that female-to-male oral sex could be replicated with a Hoover, which was a very uncomfortable experience and not pleasant for anyone.”

Jorja’s a tearjerker

JORJA Smith is hoping to heal the nation with music and its therapeutic benefits in a new radio series.

She will play sad music, from Beethoven to James Blake, for Radio 3 and the BBC Sounds app.

Speaking about Tearjerker With Jorja Smith, which starts on Saturday, the singer said: “It’s important to try and find time to just let go and let music take you to a different place.

"I hope the music in my new series will help you, whatever you’re feeling.”

Zaney bash

CELEBRATIONS are in order for Zayn Malik – and not just because new album Nobody Is Listening is just one day away.

He had his 28th birthday on Tuesday and to mark the occasion girlfriend Gigi Hadid shared a rare snap of them.

The model threw the ex-One Direction star an arcade-themed bash at their home in New York and thanked Zayn for making her a mum in September.

Gigi said: “Happiest birthday to our Zaddy baba.”

Del on song

ADELE’s good friend Alan Carr assures fans the singer has not lost her distinctive voice after shedding weight.

The comic says he’s even heard some songs from her upcoming album and thinks they are better than ever.

He told Grazia: “Oh my god, it’s so amazing. I said to her, ‘That voice is like an old friend’.

“There are some people in the charts that sound like Adele and then you hear her voice again, you’re like, ‘Oh no, there’s only one Adele’

“She’s still got her chunky but funky voice".

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