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.
This is a business, pure and simple and yes, for better or worse, clearly. I'm no lover of DC tentpoles, but some have defo been palatable, and I'm looking forward to seeing Joker if only for Joaquin Phoenix's performance.
Mr. Scorsese is a genius, as we all know and Todd Phillips is no slouch either, but the fact remains that it's bums on seats; let the people decide.
Actually, I find it a tad sad when filmmakers criticize our beloved art from from lofty heights that we in the trenches might never reach. We can, and should, all have a voice but for most of us, it's obtaining the ever elusive funding that is the bane of our existence; streaming is the new indiefilm. Instead, I prefer to admire both filmmakers, learn from them, and press on with my own films that someday might be seen by others, and, perhaps, even admired.