On the set of Mission Impossible 7, actor and producer Tom Cruise flew into a rage and verbally attacked crew members who were violating a safety protocol by standing too close together while watching a monitor. The Sun has audio of the tirade.
Cruise has no excuse for publicly attacking his crew members on set. This is work place harassment, by any definition, and in many cases it’s either illegal or employees can sue if this becomes recurring behavior by the abuser.
If Cruise wants to set the “gold standard” for film production, he should start with his attitude. Yes, there’s a pandemic and this is a stressful time, but if Cruise feels he needs to take corrective action he does so like a human being — calmly, and with respect for his crew. If they violate the safety protocols again he quietly asks them to leave the set. The situation is resolved without leaked audio to the tabloids.
But it’s never okay to shout and curse and make a public spectacle. If Cruise worked a real job in a real office building, he’d be fired. Imagine your boss yelling at you like this with your co-workers looking over their cubicle walls at the scene. People don’t act this way at work. But we let Tom Cruise get away with being an asshole because he’s Tom Cruise.
I feel bad for the people working on that set. You don’t do your best work when you’re working in fear of your boss. As a producer on the film Cruise likely has the ability to fire any below-the-line crew he chooses. But he’s right about one thing: there aren’t a lot of movies getting made right now. If these people want a paycheck, they don’t have a lot of options at the moment. That’s a shitty situation to be in, and Mission Impossible 7 is going to suffer because of it.
Cruise is making a movie; he’s not disarming a nuclear weapon. The fate of the planet isn’t at stake. He’s playing make-believe — but he’s acting like a child. It reflects badly on all of Hollywood.