'Mena' Shoot Creates Refrigerator Conflict Between Tom Cruise, Doug Liman

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The duo shared a house with scribe Gary Spinelli during the filming of the Universal drama, but the actor's strict diet allegedly caused some friction over food storage.

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Movie sets often create a family-like atmosphere, and that was what happened on the new Universal movie Mena. Lead actor Tom Cruise, director Doug Liman and scribe Gary Spinelli shared a house during filming, sources tell THR, with each taking his own floor and using the kitchen and living room communally.

No word on why the trio opted for such a living situation — the film centers on an American pilot, played by Cruise, who worked for the late drug lord Pablo Escobar — but apparently it presented some refrigerator conflicts as Cruise follows a much more strictly healthy diet than Liman and Spinelli.

A rep for Cruise didn't respond to a request for comment.

The project made headlines in early September when a plane crashed in Colombia, killing two people involved in the production. The crash was blamed on bad weather, officials said at the time. 

Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke and Caleb Landry Jones also star in the film, which is being produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Doug Davison, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. 

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