Emily Blunt has clarified what she said about working with Tom Cruise on the 2014 film The edge of tomorrowbut there is still cause for concern.
It all started when Emily shared the Unwise podcast, what it was like to wear an 85-pound suit in the movie. “When I first recorded it, I started crying in front of Tom and he didn’t know what to do,” she said. “I said, ‘Tom, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this shoot.’ He just stared at me for a long time, not knowing what to do, and he’s like, ‘Come on, stop being such a pussy, okay?’ I laughed and then we got over it.”
Writing about this exchange, I called it “extremely unprofessional and horrible.” I also said that Tom “swore” on it, which he did, even if he meant it as a joke. Not that the two events are related, but Emily said in a statement afterward how things were handled: “It’s ridiculous that it’s being spun as something that hurt me. It wasn’t. I shared the story as lightly as you thought. Tom.”
“I absolutely adore Tom, he’s a dear friend of mine and he’s been an absolute gem to me,” she continued. “They told me as a joke to make him laugh, which was great. And we still laugh about it to this day.”
But here’s the thing: Emily was right to cry about the demands of the shoot. He was permanently injured while wearing the suit. “I still have this injury from that,” Emily said in the interview, describing an aerial stunt that went wrong. “My ribs and my collarbone [are still] a little detour. Thank you Tom Cruisehe added mockingly.
Emily told the aerial stunt story earlier. At the time, he said it was Tom’s reaction he wanted to say “”Yes! The first stunt injury! He entrusted me as if it had been my initiation. I was at the club.”
Tom is not responsible for site security. But this is worth saying, Emily he was a newcomer for action movies, and Tom Cruise was Tom Cruise. Would it have changed things if he had said, “Hey, maybe we should rethink this?” Maybe not. We’ll never know.
Tom clearly cares about site safety in other ways too – remember when he yelled at crew members Mission Impossible for not sticking to the COVID protocol? I think the difference in attitude is rooted in a very old-school, performance-driven, “suck it in and deal with it when it gets you results” method. We know where this can end: actors get hurt unnecessarily.
I don’t even have to come up with a hypothetical like Emily did gets hurt on set. Plus, as he himself pointed out in the podcast interview, the suit he wore was “so heavy” that a man had to act as his stunt double.
“That tells you something. That you can’t find a girl who wants that,” Emily said, noting that she’d like someone else to do her stunts in a possible sequel. The fact that the suits weren’t designed for women at all (just to be clear) isn’t Tom’s fault, but let’s hear it from Emily: What does that say about how women’s safety is handled on set?
I also want to touch on the “pussy” of it all, because it is a sexual insult. I honestly don’t care what people justify in their own interpersonal relationships. If Emily thinks fondly of this experience and it helped her, that’s awesome! But he talks about what is basically a co-worker interaction on a very popular podcast. This story is not there is to be told. It’s okay to be uncomfortable with what normalizing this sort of behavior can be — hell, Jason Bateman (one of the podcast’s hosts) responded, “Nice, good for Tom.”
Some may say (and they have!) that my original complaints – and even the existence of this post – are reading too much into things. I’m fine with that. I have previously covered old interviews with women who talk about their negative experiences on set to the laughter of men. I saw them get old. A woman complained about unreasonable demands on set and was later seriously injured – and it’s being played for laughs. Emily may have “lightly” shared this, but the reality is much murkier.