Tom Cruise's COVID Protocol Rant Raises Questions Over Raising Your Voice on Set

Who is allowed to yell at who on set? 

Last night, news broke that Tom Cruise had been recorded yelling at a few crew members on the set of the new Mission: Impossible movie. This was not a rant over being handed a sweaty Diet Coke or someone setting up lights, but a full-blown plea from him for certain members of the crew to take COVID-19 seriously. 

There are lots of protocols on set and when he saw some being shirked, he feared they would be shut down. The actor can be heard yelling, "I see you do it again, you're f---ing gone!"

You can listen to the audio below. 

The Mission: Impossible movie has already been delayed once because of a COVID outbreak, so I understand Cruise's concern and desire for this movie to keep people employed and keep people shooting. As of right now, it's also caused over 1.6 million deaths across the world. So this is serious. The more people who take it seriously, the faster we will be able to open back up and go to theaters. 

The most talked-about part of the rant is as follows: "They're back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we're doing. I'm on the phone with every f---ing studio at night, insurance companies, producers, and they're looking at us and using us to make their movies. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf---ers! I don't ever want to see it again. Ever!"

This is Cruise standing up for what he believes in and what will keep people safe, and that's admirable, but don't they have a COVID compliance officer who can do that?

I want to play devil's advocate here for a minute because this is Hollywood. There's a history of angry actors, directors, and producers screaming on set. There's some awful PTSD for people who came up on sets like that. 

Still, on the flip side, I kind of love how Cruise just took it upon himself to say that he takes COVID very seriously and that he understands making a movie might feel frivolous, but it provides thousands of jobs and pay for people trying to struggle through these times. 

Sometimes yelling can be the way to get people to get it. 

We've also seen some chatter online about how screaming on set is a privilege only granted to white men, and that if this were a different actor or director, the reactions may not be as kind and supportive. 

There's a lot to assess when it comes to this stuff. 

Who is allowed to yell on set? 

Do you think Cruise was in the right or the wrong? 

Let us know in the comments.      

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I think Tom Cruise doesn't give a shit a bout Covid.
However, he probably does give a shit about the people working on the movie, their livelihoods, as well as his own paycheck.

December 16, 2020 at 8:55AM, Edited December 16, 8:55AM

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Leo E.
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Never read anyone having a bad time on set with Tommy Cruise, so I think this is justified. I mean this dude sends birthday cakes to people even after years of working with them. I'd say he takes this COVID stuff seriously especially knowing how bad the industry is, how theaters and studios are scrambling to keep things afloat. I commend Mr. Cruise for standing up for what he believes is the right thing. And I agree with what you said above, sometimes yelling is the only way to get shit across to some who think less of serious situations, also knowing he has spent his own money on the project. You only want people on set who are fully on board and supportive of what's happening.

Also not a bad story "Tom Cruise yelled at me on set once. I almost shit myself, but he and I will forever share that moment." lol

December 16, 2020 at 10:20AM, Edited December 16, 10:19AM

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Albert Acosta
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I read the transcript and was on his side until I heard the recording - heard the unhinged rage. The guy is a movie god. No one can ever take that away from his self-stunting, relentless work-ethic manliness, but it is NEVER acceptable under any circumstances to shriek at your people like this. Sure, he's under freakish pressure and we all love Tommy, but this is too far. He sounds like an abuser here and this takes him down a few more pegs in my book.

December 16, 2020 at 10:47AM

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TG3
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We really don't have any idea of the circumstances that led up to this point. He just didn't do this out of nowhere - one can only assume Tom and the producers personally guaranteed the studios and crew that they would take every precaution under the sun to keep the set safe. That means they have had countless meetings with the crew and studios to ensure such actions taken place. Most likely this was not the first time he or someone else had caught someone not following the rules - this sounds like his breaking point after have given plenty of warnings prior and was fed up with having to babysit.

December 16, 2020 at 4:31PM, Edited December 16, 4:33PM

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I agree BUT I do think context is everything. If they received multiple warnings and depending on the severity of what they were doing, I can see this kind of rage come out. Pressure on the set is high without a pandemic, and I've seen people get sh-t on for less. Not saying it's right, but it's human nature.

December 17, 2020 at 7:21AM

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His rage was unprofessional.

December 18, 2020 at 5:10PM, Edited December 18, 5:12PM

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I think it's categorically wrong to yell at your employees this way. He could have imparted all the same information and made the same warning about firing them in a civil manner. I appreciate where he's coming from, but that doesn't make it ok to behave like this. It's not about the justification because there is no justification.

December 16, 2020 at 11:29AM

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Everything is context. I don't know the precise context anymore than anyone else who was not there, but this idea that no one should EVER be shouted at is a 21st century woke notion that has steadily gained ground with the ever advancing and suffocating progressive liberal PC crowd of busy-bodies.

I am quite sure if it were your own millions at stake and the whole shebang rested squarely upon your own shoulders, you too might get a bit fraught if some lowly techs disregarded what would most certainly have been VERY clear guidelines for on set protocols.

Sounds to me like they were lucky not to have been summarily dismissed. If they had been, they might have found it difficult to continue working in the industry. So, credit to Mr. Cruise for holding back.

Tom Cruise should be applauded, not condemned for saying what had to be said, because the disease has been perpetuated globally by either ignorant or cocky A-Holes that refuse to take the deadly virus seriously.

December 17, 2020 at 12:26PM

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Graham HAY
Managing Director, Helicam International Ltd.
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It sounds like those who broke protocol had been warned before. It's sad that another person wasn't called to deal with this, and then that person pulled those workers aside and either gave them "one last warning". But it is totally understandable that the primary producer (who got the film franchise green lit and of such high quality), would have to dress down those workers. Is he "allowed" to yell & swear ? In this situation, with all the factors combined? Probably. In CA, supervisors can not dress down other workers in front of others, and they can not use bad language when speaking to workers. But, that fact that he said this was their last warning, I really get where he was coming from. I'm in his corner, and look forward to seeing this on the big screen.

December 16, 2020 at 12:09PM, Edited December 16, 12:09PM

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Mike Vaughn
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I've worked for some truly toxic people. People who feel they are not doing their job unless they treat you like you're a moron with every word you say. For them yelling IS management. I've also worked for some very excellent people who supported their employees and truly wanted them to succeed. One of them snapped at one point because of the utter disregard some employees were exhibiting toward the company and their co-workers. It's not always as simple a matter as the incident itself.

It's a fine line of justifying this kind of rant but here's the deal: this is a disease that is devastating the world and putting people out of work and from what I've read it looks like Cruise is taking COVID very, VERY seriously. I can only admire him for that. This is life and death hand-in-hand with livelihoods. The stakes have never been higher and if people aren't going to take it seriously (those people all seem to live in my neighborhood. It's infuriating), then they need to have the shit scared out of them.

While the white privilege aspect is certainly worth a conversation, I'm with Cruise on this.

December 16, 2020 at 1:07PM

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David Patrick Raines
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As much as I'm not a fan I agree with him. Someone needs to say it and make it sink in. Productions like this keep thousands of people afloat during these unprecedented times. It sounds like he is addressing a few specific people. They know they broke protocol. They are putting lives and livelihoods in danger. If you don't understand the seriousness of the situation and the weight that it carries get off the set. Good on Tom for calling them out.

December 16, 2020 at 1:09PM

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We still don't know exactly what these crew members did (or failed to do). It just says, "not taking Covid 19 seriously" what exactly does that mean? Were they not wearing masks? Not properly sanitizing things they touched?

December 16, 2020 at 3:55PM

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Marty
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High Five to Tom Cruise!
I work in this industry. It has to come from the top.

I have friends who are crewmembers on major shows. For the most part, when close to the actors, they wear their masks on set. But they also take little liberties when they can; Like not regularly having the mask cover their nose or something.

But, a hidden huge problem is taking place after work, off the set. After work, most still take precautions. However, some of my friends take off their masks and hang out close to others maskless. They don't believe in Covid or they don't care or they say they’ve been wearing a mask all day and they are understandably tired of it.

I do my best to not be the mask police, but sometimes when others or I speak up…point out that they should have their masks on—they pretty much say, "then just keep 12 feet from me." or they say something worse.

It's an awkward thing to deal with when you love your friends. And, you love working in this industry.

Luckily, they are tested regularly. But that’s thin protection. If they test positive that show will be shut down. Lots of people out of work. That’s lost investment and the jobs of everyone involved in the film.

Shut down due to covid is a real threat & most people can be reasoned with but some people need to be yelled at because they just willfully refuse protection measures.

The Film business has always been a high-risk gamble. Unfortunately, Covid & refusal of protection measures just raises the stakes.

December 16, 2020 at 5:37PM

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B Sharp
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It could be that Tom thumb is suffering from Napoleon Syndrome.

December 16, 2020 at 11:47PM

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Simon Chan
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December 19, 2020 at 7:33AM, Edited December 19, 7:34AM

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Jeff C
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With all the forward movement and talk about toxic work environments and general mental health, I’m surprised that some people still seem to make excuses for the film industry. Particularly surprising are the people working in the industry thinking this is acceptable. Would this be acceptable in an office environment? How would you feel if this was a CEO of a large corporation screaming at a group of lower down employees? Why do we in the film industry put up with being treated like this?

December 17, 2020 at 12:26AM

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Totally justified!
There are companies who are requesting people not to go on holidays (mine for example) and many other things.
It's this or losing your job. Grow up, be an adult and take responsibility!
Some people only understand that way and the ones who criticize what Tom did are babies with thin skin who think life is a fairy tale.
I'm tired of seeing people who don't give a sh*t about this pandemic. Wearing masks on their chins just to pretend.

December 17, 2020 at 1:26AM

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Paula Carvalho
Head of Operational Technology
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https://variety.com/2020/film/news/sag-aftra-leaders-requiring-covid19-s...!
BTW... Cruise is an Exec. Producer on most of his flicks... so if I had $Millions invested in a production, I would go berserk too if I saw someone's behavior threating to shut down a job creating venture.

December 17, 2020 at 1:47AM, Edited December 17, 2:02AM

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Jerry Roe
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Yelling at employees = shitty management skills.

December 17, 2020 at 10:09AM

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BD
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With multiple warnings where they were asked nicely, and with the stakes what they are, I think your take is a bit oversimplified here. What they were doing (huddled around a monitor, not social distancing) can shutter the production. If you've already warned them that this is the case, and they aren't getting it, a scream-by-example scenario may just do the trick. Yelling at employees all the time = shitty management skills. Yelling once, so the entire set goes quiet, and making perfect sense with the words you are uttering? Seems pretty solid...

December 17, 2020 at 11:45AM, Edited December 17, 11:46AM

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Bill Henderson
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Who cares what they were doing? They're not his slaves, and he's not curing cancer. This is a dumb action movie we're talking about here. Don't like someone? Fire them.

But yelling is shitty management 100% of the time, absolutely no exceptions.

Treat people with respect.

December 17, 2020 at 5:10PM

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BD
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Bad management skills. Do you think he would have let out that kind of rage if the workers were from a minority group, women, or of different color?

December 18, 2020 at 5:01PM

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Context is everything .... and we really just don't have that ...making most of comments moot.

December 17, 2020 at 11:23AM

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We do though - there is a written transcript that includes a lot more of this. Apparently there were multiple people huddled around a monitor looking at a shot or something, not staying distanced. And I'm with Tom - COVID is an IQ test that even clever people seem to be failing. It's invisible, it likely won't kill you, but you will then go and kill Grandma. Or go and kill some strangers Grandma and never be the wiser. That's why it's infuriating when people aren't taking it seriously. Add to that that he has millions at stake, and that these people have been warned already. I'm guessing this will be the last time he has to mention it.

December 17, 2020 at 11:41AM

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Bill Henderson
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I am beyond sick and tired of people complaining about others yelling on set. This endless "...they have no right...BLAH BLAH BLAH" whiny bullshit. Why??? Why do you say that? WTF do you think is going to happen if you get yelled at?

I have screwed up in my career and been yelled at for it. Did I crumble? Actually yeah, I did a couple times and was even in the head crying once - totally 28yo grown ass man in the bathroom weeping cuz' my boss - who was a complete and total asshole - screeched at me for screwing up. But looking back, should he have...maybe --- maybe not...don't care but I do know it made me stronger because I learned at least two things: (a) I survived it - and am stronger\better for it; (b) he's a monumental dick.

Would I work for him now? Yeah - cuz he was brilliant...BUT if he yelled at me like that again, I would tell him to wholly fuck off...and part of the reason why is because of that experience with him years ago.

Cruise lost his cool...he's human and therefore he's allowed. Furthermore, let's not forget that the people on set are the real assholes here...not Cruise. It's best we stop being a bunch of fragile snowflakes and realize this is frickin' serious stuff...and get the hell over ourselves...

December 17, 2020 at 11:35AM, Edited December 17, 11:36AM

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Yikes... With the amount of power this guy has in Hollywood, all it would take is one roundtable meeting and a calm, composed version of his seemingly intended message.
And then follow through with releasing those who fail to comply. Plain and simple.

All the megalomaniacal, "pete and repeat" ranting and raving just makes him sound batsh*t crazy. And let's face it, considering his past, that's saying something.

December 17, 2020 at 11:44AM

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His nose breaks just like everyone else's. Watch your mouth sir. Doesn't sound like his Scientology is working for him. Isn't one of the tenants of his "religion" to speak only cleared words? Is motherfucker on that list? So sick of these little Prima Donna's tantrums from "stars."

December 17, 2020 at 12:13PM, Edited December 17, 12:14PM

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Marc Strong
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Of course he's right!
I don't get how these people (crew) don't get it. A lot of people are dying because of COVID-19, a lot bussines are getting either temporary close or shut down for good due to this pandemic, and this people can't f*** follow simple rules?
As Cruise told them: this is their industry and if they get shut down they won't be able to make the money that would put food on their tables or paying their dues.
What's so f*** difficult to understand?

December 17, 2020 at 12:33PM

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MG
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Wrong. He should have had the crew "take 5" and had his assistant talk to them. He just destroyed morale on the set and the fear will permeate the entire production crew to one extent or another. Of course, we can't actually see what the transgression was either but after just listening to the entire audio clip, it does appear that Cruise was completely ungrounded and may possibly be heading towards a psychological breakdown of sorts. The entire industry is morphing and downsizing since theatre tickets are not being sold.

December 17, 2020 at 12:59PM, Edited December 17, 1:07PM

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Meghan Bright
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I think it was a bit excessive with the yelling by Cruise. I am a fan of his work since Risky Business and that title could be applied to this slippery slope of on-set ranting. Maybe it was a final straw on the camel's back, I don't know.

And let's be real on the white privilege aspect: Samuel L. Jackson or Denzel Washington would never get away with this without serious damage to their reputations & spin doctoring to keep working. Damon Wayans caught hell for not going along with the disruptive behavior of the unnamed white actor he costarred with on TV's Lethal Weapon. It's not a mystery.

December 17, 2020 at 1:00PM

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Daoud Bowling
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I think he was absolutely right. One of my sons is working on M.I. right now and he has praised Cruz in the past for his generosity towards the crew and his concern for their welfare. And let's face it, he had a point - a few people's carelessness could shut the set down for weeks and livliehoods would be lost.

December 17, 2020 at 1:06PM

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Graham Lester George
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Shame the President doesn't have the balls to kick peoples ass like this about COVID... maybe the movie business would be back in business again already without all this nonsense.

December 17, 2020 at 1:44PM

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Totally right if there was an infraction. CDC's guidelines are clear. If not followed, there's danger for everyone involved.
That aside, what he said isn't even that rude as it is not personal. It's a forceful reprimand, which everyone would be able to cope if they knew they weren't following protocol.

December 17, 2020 at 2:03PM

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Willem Van den Broeck
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Maybe he could take all those that want to survive the covid on the spaceship that
SCIENTOLOGY built?

December 17, 2020 at 2:44PM

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clark
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Doesn’t matter if you believe in covid or not. Rules are rules. If you don’t like them, you go home and work somewhere else.
When you’re living in a production bubble, where everyone is tested, and doesn’t leave the bubble, is it a little ridiculous to have to walk around with a mask on 24/7 and stay away from everyone else in the bubble? Yes, of course it is. Covid will not magically appear one morning.
But, you know the rules going in. Either play the game or go home.

Tom, though, should have been addressing the Covid Officer. He/she is the one clearly not doing the job.

December 17, 2020 at 2:45PM

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Michael Ryan
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Um...isn’t Cruise wearing one of those masks with the one-way valves that don’t filter his exhalations? So, it protects him from others, but doesn’t protect others from him, if he happens to be contagious?
Wearing one of those masks is a pretty clear statement about whose life matters and whose doesn’t.

December 17, 2020 at 2:46PM, Edited December 17, 2:46PM

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Having personally worked with TC, I’ve not seen him yell or mistreat anyone, even after an arduous 22-hour shooting day or even when a background actor's ringtone went off during a stunt scene. So, this is a little surprising. He is, however, very passionate and intense about his work.

I do agree that NO ONE has the right to yell at anyone else, regardless of their position. It’s just a basic tenet of professionalism and human respect. I don't feel T's rant came from a malicious place, but taking a quick breather before addressing it may have been helpful. This sounds like yelling as a result of frustration and not being heard. I am cutting him a little slack based on my experiences with him and that it probably didn't come from a place of abusing power, ego, or cutting down his crew. This sounds like an anomaly, not systemic Hollywood abuse or habitual. I know the difference from personal experience.

I flat out walked off another set after I witnessed consistent Christian Bale-esque tirades from a high-power director that were relentlessly vicious, an obvious abuse of power, and detrimental to crew morale. We’re talking daily tears (cast and crew), cursing out an 80-something-year-old couple doing background, calling cast and crew f!@#$ morons, ripping into everyone from lighting to sound, etc. That set ran on fear. Unacceptable. The only reason this guy’s still in the business is because that film won an Oscar. He gets results but at what price? So, you see, this is the gauge by which I’m measuring T’s rant. The two are not alike at all.

And contrary to what people may think about standing your ground in Hollywood, I did not have any trouble finding work after that. In fact, when I explained why I walked from such a major project, I got “Yeah, that guy’s a dick,” a few “Good for you”s, and plenty of “I have a project for you”s. So, choose yourself, stand by your values, find your production family, and let the a-holes make their entertainment without their biggest asset – you.

Mic drop.

December 17, 2020 at 2:54PM, Edited December 17, 3:45PM

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Michelle Deni Malouf
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Very well said. Hollywood is full of egotistical assholes with no concept of the real world, and the more people that refuse to work for them, the better off the industry will become.

December 17, 2020 at 5:14PM

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BD
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"I do agree that NO ONE has the right to yell at anyone else, regardless of their position. It’s just a basic tenet of professionalism and human respect."

Well, actually, as executive producer of the whole thing, Tom has more "right" to do this, than anyone. There's no law against someone simply yelling over staff defying safety protocols.

One can just find another job, if they don't want to comply to what COVID protocols they agreed to do, when they got hired.

In just about any other situation of just a diva throwing a tantrum, I'd agree that "no one has the right" to do such yelling.

But I agree with Tom here, in the sense of utter frustration. People are so stupid and selfish, it's maddening.

Thousands of people are DYING everyday, and life keeps being put on indefinite pause every month, because of this same attitude Tom saw from some on-set.

When one puts the whole production and potentially other lives at risk, I'm not sure how much "respect" they deserve.

December 19, 2020 at 6:36AM, Edited December 19, 6:40AM

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Unless he is the director or an executive producer he shouldn't have been yelling unless he had already been given permission to speak to the crew. the only other exception would be if he was yelling at his personal staff - and even then, his screaming won't get results, it will only get more resentment for his overvalued, pompous ass.

December 17, 2020 at 3:07PM

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I'm quite sure he's actually been producing all the MI movies, so he puts his money on the line. However, even with this in mind, without knowing the details prior to this altercation it's kinda hard to justify such shouting berserk mode behavior.
Would be really good to actually know more details.

December 22, 2020 at 7:22AM

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Frytech
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This is staged... Fake News to further the mask, shutdown agenda. Tommy boy is doing exactly what he's good at... acting. This is the non-stop message we're getting crammed down our throats. "Comply, if you care", "comply with the mandate", "conform", "new normal", blaa blaa blaa. Are we living in the movie They Live? It seems like it sometimes. The constant re-cramming of this conform message is out of control.

Tom Cruise doesn't give a rip about people losing their houses, their businesses, or getting Covid. This is theatre at its best. He's been commissioned to do this and many of you believe it like sheep to the slaughter. We're losing our rights, we're losing our businesses, we're losing our country and China is behind it.

December 17, 2020 at 3:14PM

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December 17, 2020 at 3:56PM, Edited December 17, 3:59PM

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Hollywood heaped mountains of praise upon Loony Tom Cruise for his tyrannical outburst on the staff of his new Mission Impossible Film. They saw his authoritarianism as some kind of heroism. I saw it as another sell-out towing the oppressive establishment line. The shamdemic lockdowns are killing far more people than covid-1984 ever did. BTW, mostly women & children. This is even documented by the U.N. & the mainstream media. And those dehumanizing masks DO NOTHING. This is also documented in numerous peer study reviews. Even two in 2020, one of those being a new danish randomized study.

December 17, 2020 at 3:58PM, Edited December 17, 3:58PM

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Why is it that Hollywood produces such disrespectful people that create such awful work environments? God it sounds like a literal nightmare to work with these egotistical assholes that yell at people over an inconsequential action movie.

December 17, 2020 at 5:11PM

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BD
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What you call "inconsequential" is other people's livelihoods. Do you have any idea how many people a major production like this employs? It is not ego to want to protect lives and livelihoods. Look beyond your own prejudice for two seconds.

December 17, 2020 at 7:13PM

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David Patrick Raines
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It actually doesn't matter if it is a movie set or any other business.
In the past I was leader of an IT department and I had good standing with everyone working there. We laughed a lot, but when there were one or more people bringing an important project at risk, I did the same what he did. I don't feel the need to be a fan of Tom Cruise to agree with him on this.

December 17, 2020 at 6:47PM

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Tom Cruise sounds like a man whose ass is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars he's not just an actor he's also a producer and has to interface with the studios, it's all well and good to say he's just a spoiled actor but ask yourself this question when is the last time your ass was responsible for a hundred million dollars plus thousands of jobs an entire movie studio hanging off of your work

December 17, 2020 at 9:40PM

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Again this? How far are you going to milk this? Its a non topic. The production had had 10 covid cases already and had been previously stopped.

Obviously he's working with the wrong, incompetent people, and still he is shouting instead of firing them. For all those advocating it's not good to shout, i agree, but on this topic, it is okay. Lives are on the line.

Would you prefer being fired or that someone shouts at you?

And PTSD?! Really?!!
Long live the drama country.

If you work long enough to get PTSD from someone shouting, maybe its time to reconsider your choices. I know I have and I found a way to quit.

December 18, 2020 at 12:45AM

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Tom Cruise was right in 'policing' everyone on set Mission: Impossible. If the shoot is shut down, he will be one of the biggest losers. He has to protect his interest and those of others who were observing Covid protocols religiously.

December 18, 2020 at 1:17AM

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Eugene Odame
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I see it like this.

He is right to say all of this.
Did he do it in a harsh way? Yes.
Did he needed to do it this way? I don't know, I wasn't there.

Case closed.

December 18, 2020 at 2:29AM

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How would you feel if your Boss screamed insults at some young interns in front of everybody in an open-plan office? I've seen people do this and it's not an acceptable management technique. If I need to say something people might not like I take them to a meeting room, and don't shout. (Also don't need to "win", just get whatever was wrong fixed.)

Maybe some people only pay attention to the strongest criticism, but you can't apply that generally (and should do it in private). Also shouting at specific people to get a message across generally isn't the way to go. I did like the "Do you understand the responsibility that you have" part, plus him saying he would fix whatever the problem was, if it was reasonable to fix..

I think yelling is okay if something bad is, or is just about to, happen and you really need to get through to someone immediately. Not otherwise.

That said I see his point, but it isn't the way to go IMHO.

December 18, 2020 at 3:05AM, Edited December 18, 3:05AM

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"I think yelling is okay if something bad is, or is just about to, happen and you really need to get through to someone immediately. Not otherwise."

He saw people not following due protocols, during a once-in-a-century, 300K-dead pandemic...

That's bad and immediate enough to address. Yelling or not.

By the way, even young interns are adults who know better.

What's worse: Facing Tom Cruise's on-set wrath, or potentially killing someone with your irresponsible actions?

December 19, 2020 at 6:29AM, Edited December 19, 6:30AM

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The point is, he's right. As a long time film electrician, best boy, and gaffer, I always told my guys that we were responsible for the one invisible thing that could kill anyone, anywhere. Our sacred duty is to do our work safely and reliably first, then to meet the aesthetic needs of the shot.

I'm afraid that thanks to a certain ex-president and his crowd, the spiritual home of the Movie Biz, an entire industry is battling escalating losses. It is our duty to be the best example of disciplined professionals to protect ourselves, our crewmates, and our industry.

As we've all seen, sometimes a valid rant becomes a self-perpetuating diatribe leaving everyone in a 5-mile radius glad THEY aren't the target of the verbal thrashing. Should he have had his say and backed off, sure. But this is a guy who does his own stunts to extremes. He does his part 200%, so expecting 100% is a compromise.

I've seen enough prima donnas rave about stuff that only affected them like, "I told you I wanted 6 phones in my trailer, goddamnit!" (real rant) and I don't care if we're just running lines, I want the crew OUT-OF-MY-EYELINE!" (another real one). Note that Cruise's rant talks about the industry, people in the industry out of work, and the possible end of the movie industry as we know it. I didn't once hear him say HE didn't want to get sick, etc. That's kind of telling... all in all, I'd like to see everyone think a little about how their actions affect others.

In solidarity, Don Cely

December 18, 2020 at 4:33AM

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Don Cely
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I've read the whiny comments, "Yelling just isn't nice," and the rest of the nonsense but here's the reality: Tom Cruise is 100% correct. Next time you leave your flat, take a good look at all the selfish idiots not wearing masks. Now, on a set where people have no choice but to work in close proximity, the danger is exploded a 100 fold. If Covid races through cast and crew, the production goes on hold, maybe permanently, and hundreds of people are left without a paycheck. How is that okay because some idiot decided they didn't want to wear a mask? Obviously, it's not.

Now, back to the yelling: you can talk calmly, try to reason, but again many will smile, nod, say "okay" and then carry on being idiots. But let your anger been seen and suddenly it drives the message home. I bet TC asked the First and others to please remind everyone to wear masks, etc., but eventually everyone, anyone, reaches their boiling point. And for those that don't know, and I've only worked on one of his sets years ago, Tom Cruise is always cool, and very generous with all cast and crew.

December 18, 2020 at 5:25AM, Edited December 18, 5:25AM

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Tom can use some coaching on leadership. You don't dress people down when you're still angry or in front of others. While a proper dressing down may contain a few choice expletives help drive home a point. You don't use them to make it personal by calling them MFers.

You express your anger in private while remaining calm. Popping your veins up on your neck and working up a little bit of a flushed face helps drive home the message as you explain to them what dumb asses they are. This works pretty good to put the fear of god into them. Tom is a pretty good actor, he should be able to pull this off. Losing your temper and acting out like he did only creates a hostile work environment that affects the entire crew.

December 18, 2020 at 7:59PM, Edited December 18, 8:06PM

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Dave Palmer
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Who is this guy?
Tom Cruise?
Wearing a mask with valve yelling at crew for not respecting Covid protocol?
Just look at this picture, it's obviously a mask with valve.
Such a disgrace.
Before giving example on health guideline; you may want to apply them to yourself first.

https://bestlifeonline.com/tom-cruise-mask-valves/

December 18, 2020 at 11:37PM

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visionrouge.com
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For once, I'm going to give Tom Cruise a full thumbs-up here. Why?

1. It's Tom's project. He's executive producer. He has every right to do this. His money is paying their rent.

2. People on set all agreed to comply to the COVID protocols. They KNEW better.

3. Obviously, they either had a "COVID compliance officer" who wasn't doing their job well enough, or some people there were ignoring them. But nobody ignores Tom Cruise.

4. Tom Cruise just did what much of America deserves to face: A severe, sobering moment about the gravity of this pandemic, and how just SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS can keep us going, if only people would stop being so hardheaded.

5. If someone causes an outbreak, everyone loses their jobs and the movie gets shelved. If someone gets sick or dies, Tom probably gets sued. If a little yelling helps prevent any of this, so be it.

6. This isn't an issue of "allowed," to begin with. You're not breaking any laws. And, by this point in his storied career, Tom Cruise has next to nobody else to answer to, on the matter. I doubt it's in his contract anywhere. So, he's technically free do to this, regardless. This time, it was well-justified.

December 19, 2020 at 6:22AM, Edited December 19, 6:26AM

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I think he has every right to go off on people who can't follow orders. After all he is the boss. A few people is all it takes to put everybody out of work.

December 19, 2020 at 10:32AM

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covid protocol over set protocol and propriety, Cruise stood on the right side and the stakes were high. If he had dealt with those assholes quietly and civilly we would not be talking about it. Now every crew member on every set is going to remember TC's words. Sometimes you have to yell. Or have we not learned anything from this year's protests.

December 19, 2020 at 10:58AM

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I love that he is furious about the industry - about jobs.

Regardless of your political views or your beliefs in science... we can ALL agree that 9 months (or more) into this pandemic that this industry is essential.

It's essential to people with dependents, people with family that rely on them, people that have worked for years and are now being told they can't work... for 9 months... for a year... for how long now?

That's what Tom's concerned about when people don't observe their Covid rules on set. If you are the sole breadwinner for a family, kids, and stay at home spouse... then "just don't work until covid is over" is not an option.

Tom mentioned friends losing their homes because the industry is shut down.

Regardless of your views on the virus, he's concerned about the people supporting their families and their ability to buy food, pay a mortgage, and send their kids to college (or pay for their own loans). That's awesome.

How he did it... well... I'd hope he apologizes but MOST people reading this won't feel the situation like those in the room. Often things listened to out of context seem worse than they were at the moment. That said - he probably apologized. Hopefully.

December 19, 2020 at 2:50PM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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Normally someone who must make sure that things get done, should in an organization, use this type of strategy "if we don't do this, the boss will get upset" and in the case of someone with such a high record of effectiveness and commitment to his work, he or any responsible manager sometimes has...or MUST take this type of attitude.
And so it prevents future transgressions by the rest of the team who does not want to be in the shoes of the person who is the object of the attention call.
It's a management technique, it works and sometimes someone has to be the bad guy, but make things happen.

January 1, 2021 at 2:13PM

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