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Emily Blunt's Crying Incident On The Edge Of Tomorrow Set Triggered Harsh Advice From Tom Cruise

The 2014 action epic "Edge of Tomorrow" may have been one of the best sci-fi movies of the last decade, but it's one that star Emily Blunt may like to forget.

Set around Blunt and Hollywood legend Tom Cruise's futuristic military characters — Sergeant Rita Vrataski and Major William Cage, respectively — "Edge of Tomorrow," a.k.a. "Live Die Repeat," is a time-loop tale about fate and redemption, which sees humanity waging a war against an alien super-organism known as the Omega. Throughout the movie, the Omega repeatedly sends alien drones, a.k.a. Mimics, to try and stop the human race from taking out its central nervous system, which is controlled by larger alien creatures known as Alphas. Each time an Alpha is killed, the Omega is able to reset time and send itself back one full day to adjust its battle tactics.

In order to stop the Mimics and defeat the Alphas, human soldiers are equipped with armored ExoSuits, which were built from scratch by director Doug Liman's production team and weighed nearly 100 pounds. And it's here where our behind-the-scenes story involving Cruise and Blunt begins.

Emily Blunt broke down crying in front of Tom Cruise because her ExoSuit was 'so heavy'

According to the "A Quiet Place" star, filming "Edge of Tomorrow" inside the super-heavy ExoSuits was one of the most grueling tasks she's ever had in Hollywood — to the point where she broke down crying in front of Tom Cruise on the very first day of test shoots. "It was so heavy," Blunt explained during the December 12 episode of Wondery's "SmartLess" podcast featuring Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett. "The first time I put it on, I just started to cry in front of Tom, and he didn't know what to do," Blunt said. 

According to the Motion Picture Association, production designer Oliver Scholl and costume designer Kate Hawley were responsible for creating the ExoSuits, which reportedly weighed around 85 pounds. Director Doug Liman wanted a "simplified and raw" look to them, per the MPA. A team of handlers had to be used to get the suits on each actor every day. For Cruise, specifically, it took around 30 minutes just to get inside his suit when testing first started — and another 30 minutes to get out. By the time the shoot began, though, Cruise had cut the time down to 30 seconds, per the MPA.

But while the "Mission Impossible" actor viewed the ExoSuits as an on-set challenge, Blunt saw them more as an unbearable nuisance, which prompted Cruise to give her some harsh advice.

'Come on, stop being such a p***y'

When it came time for Blunt to begin test shoots with Tom Cruise — and her tears started flowing in front of him — the "Top Gun" phenom allegedly had an epically brutal tip for her.

"I was like, 'Tom, I'm not sure how I'm going to get through this shoot,'" Blunt remembered telling Cruise. "I said, 'I'm just feeling a bit panicky about the whole shoot.' He just stared at me for a long time, not knowing what to do, and he goes, 'Come on, stop being such a p***y, okay?'"

According to Blunt, the comment was laughed off, and things were reportedly fine between the two actors throughout the entirety of the "Edge of Tomorrow" shoot. But that didn't make things any easier on Cruise's co-star. 

"The training was intense," Blunt said, still speaking on the "SmartLess" podcast. "I did this aerial stunt on wires, and I was supposed to land on my shoulder," Blunt recalled. "And I landed on my face," she said. 

Despite everything, Blunt was reportedly on board to film an "Edge of Tomorrow" sequel in 2019, but the plans were eventually scrapped. She told Entertainment Weekly in 2021: "That was an amazing script, but I just don't know what the future holds for it ... It's just a matter of if that can even happen now."