HE’S known as the nicest guy in showbiz and Tom Cruise has proved that once again.
I can reveal the Hollywood actor went on a secret mission to thank NHS staff at a major vaccine centre while filming in London last week.
It came after his latest Mission Impossible movie has suffered multiple setbacks due to Covid.
A source close to Tom said: “It’s well known that Tom has been properly hammered by Covid as he tried to complete work on his next blockbuster.
“He told his team he wanted to pay his personal tribute to frontline health staff who have helped get movies back on track. He visited NHS staff at the ExCel Centre in East London on Thursday.
“They were really shocked to see such a huge movie star. Tom wanted to keep it a secret and ensure it was a nice surprise for them. The world had heard his rant at crew on set and that proved just how seriously he has taken the pandemic.”
Production was first halted in March last year when Covid-19 ripped through the world.
The seventh instalment of the franchise, which also stars Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby and Hayley Atwell, was forced to abandon filming in the Middle East too recently.
Race against time
And just before Christmas, The Sun revealed a recording of Tom screaming at the movie’s crew for breaking Covid restrictions.
The franchise is in a real race against time as it is due out in November and another film is expected a year later.
You have to hand it to Tom, he’s got his priorities right by visiting our NHS heroes.
WAY TO BOUNCE BACK, RITA
NO, your eyes are not tricking you – this really is Rita Ora performing a live gig in front of thousands of people.
Unfortunately it was on the other side of the world, in Australia.
The Hot Right Now singer dazzled in this sparkly leotard, gloves and boots, and wrapped herself in a rainbow cape, at the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras.
An emotional Rita told the crowd: “I’m trying not to cry. I’ll never forget this.”
She performed hits including Let Me Love You and Anywhere, as well as new songs Bang Bang and Big.
She is Down Under to be a coach on Oz’s version of The Voice. Trust Rita to put a smile on my face in these tough times.
GERI horner paid tribute to girl power on International Women’s Day by recreating an iconic hair colour advert.
The Spice Girls star struck a pose from L’Oreal’s first “Because you’re worth it” campaign in 1971.
Geri said: “In honour of Ilon Specht, a 23-year old female copywriter who came up with the amazing tagline. A trailblazer, girl power at its finest.”
JOE’S A PRETTY CHILLED GUY
AS the weather starts to get warmer, Joe Wicks is taking extreme measures to cool down.
The Body Coach has spent thousands so he can submerge himself in freezing temperatures.
Joe said: “I got a copper bath and an ice machine in the garden. It creates 50kg of ice. I fill up the bath with the ice, put some water in and now I can do five or six minutes comfortably.
“I don’t feel less tired and sore, it is more of a mental clarity. I feel really in control of my breathing and I feel I can deal with stress. There is this focus and energy in your body afterwards. You feel so alive.”
After the success of his Body Coach brand, including earning £9million in a week following the release of his app, Joe is now expanding his business. In a talk with the Oxford Union, he said: “I have hired people who are smarter than me.
“The app has only been out since Christmas and we are now launching in Australia and the US. I would love to go on a tour of the US and Australia and continue the mission.” At this rate he’ll be able to have a bath in money…
I’VE always said there aren’t enough celebs helping their less talented family members, so thank God for Madonna sorting out her boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams.
The dancer, above with Madonna, has launched his music career with the single West Side, which is the soundtrack to the new fashion campaign for Stella McCartney.
Madge’s designer pal helped him out by tweeting a clip of the video for the track, which features models skateboarding in her gear.
It comes after Madge’s daughter Lourdes fronted two Stella collections and became the face of her fragrance. Move over Victoria and David Beckham, you’ve got some competition in the nepotism department.
TOM HAS IT LARGE
THEY were Ibiza’s naffest DJs but we have Kevin & Perry to thank for giving us Tom Zanetti.
The DJ and producer says Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke's comedy characters inspired him to start mixing records. After watching the classic movie Go Large, he asked his dad for a pair of decks.
In an exclusive interview, Tom said: “I got a pair of decks for Christmas when I was a kid because I watched Kevin & Perry. I was buzzing. That’s how I wanted to be a DJ.
"My dad gave me some turntables. He was a DJ too, in the Nineties. He used to play all over. He used to take me to parties with him when I was a kid. I used to watch him set up and listen to him play Nineties house music.”
But the Leeds DJ, who who has dropped new track Didn’t Know after starring in Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion, last month, also has his savvy schoolmates to thank for his career.
They would copy the CDs he recorded his mixes on to and sell them at school – with one ending up in a Leeds market that would ultimately lead to a big fanbase.
Tom, above, revealed: “I made about five copies of a CD. Gave one to a friend, gave one to my mum, then my mates started copying the CDs and selling them at school.
“I didn’t even know, but this CD had been getting about, and it ended up on the market. I walked through there one day and a guy said to me, ‘Your CD has been on the stall. It’s been the bestseller for, like, a year’.” I’m off to play All I Wanna Do Is Do It.
BRITS’ IN STYLE
HARRY Styles, Dua Lipa and Chris Martin are the Brits performing at next Monday’s rearranged Grammys.
And the Americans are coming over here too, with Seasick Steve announcing nine shows around the UK in November, including London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle.
Meanwhile, trio Noisy have a new song called 24/7 out now, and Dean Lewis has released the lead single, Falling Up, from his upcoming second album.
MEGAN IS TOP OF THE CROPS
There’s nothing boring about Megan Fox – even when she’s wearing a pretty dull colour.
The stunning movie star rocked different shades of grey while running errands in LA.
She wore this oversized jacket with a crop top that showed off her washboard abs with jeans and heels.
The Transformers star is currently dating rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who she went on a double date at the weekend with Avril Lavigne and her new man Mod Sun.
Hot or Not
- Una Healy spoke honestly and openly about finding love again.
- Brits at the Golden Globes showed we are the best with The Crown and Borat.
- Boris Johnson – it’d be an amazing summer if we got to host the Euros.
- Hot-again Meghan disrespecting The Queen and this country.
- The Brits not having a dance category named after Jonas Blue called For One.
- Celeb pals of Louis Redknapp siding with ex Jamie after their split.
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