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.