Tom Cruise has been known as one of the best actors of our time. His work on the Mission Impossible movies shows how dedicated he is to his roles, specifically by doing his own stunts, even now at nearly 60 years old. It’s no secret that he can act questionably at times as well (remember him professing his love for Katie Holmes by jumping on Oprah’s couch?). Cruise added to his list of questionable moments on the set of his new movie, Mission Impossible 7, this week. Several crew members were breaking COVID-19 protocols on set, which prompted Cruise to lose his temper. He told them that if he ever saw them breaking protocols again, they would be fired. He said that the movie industry creates so many jobs and people that work in the industry have suffered due to financial struggles and layoffs because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect to shut down production on many movies. The production of this movie has been shut down before because of staff testing positive for COVID-19 in October while in Italy.
I agree with the sentiment with which Tom Cruise had. It is important that we wear our masks so that we can protect ourselves and others and hopefully get this virus under control. No one thinks wearing these masks are fun, but it is a necessary evil that will help get us back to normalcy (hopefully the vaccine will too). A return to normalcy will also mean that the economy can go back to the way it was before the COVID-19 pandemic became out of control. This would also include the movie industry’s employees can go back to business as usual too and allow those employees to be able to feed their families, pay for college, etc. Some of those working behind the scenes are just like you and me; they don’t have mansions with basketball courts and a bowling alley in their basements.
However, I think that Tom Cruise was wrong in the way in which he communicated his frustration. Not only was this not an eloquent way to tell people to follow protocols, but it is also extremely inappropriate. Although he is a producer and the main star of the movie, he shouldn’t be creating an environment of hostility or tension. Trust me, I understand his frustration and appreciate his caring for his employees’ well-being that are following protocols. Losing one’s temper on anything is never an acceptable way to solve any problems. There is a tactful way to communicate your thoughts in a difficult situation.
I think that Tom Cruise’s frustration, albeit inappropriate, is a microcosm of how the rest of us are feeling right now. I said a couple of weeks ago that I had pandemic fatigue with which I’m not alone in the world. Many people’s lives have been uprooted, whether this is a layoff, different ways of living, etc. It is frustrating when we were told we will be locked down for two weeks, but instead we are going on ten months of a different life as we know it. It can be uncomfortable to change your way of life, especially if you are anxious, a control freak, or suffer from any other mental health concerns. Everyone is on edge, and people’s tempers may be reaching their boiling point just like Tom Cruise’s.
Unfortunately, I also think that the employees’ lack of consideration for COVID-19 protocols on the set of Mission Impossible 7 is another microcosm of how others may act and feel about this virus. There are plenty of people that still don’t take some of the necessary restrictions seriously and still choose not to understand how bad this virus really is. It is imperative that you follow protocols at work, especially when in a setting such as this one. This virus’ contagiousness has shown us that everything can have a domino effect once it has infected people. I understand some of the protocols and restrictions don’t make sense, especially in several states in the U.S., and it seems like the government doesn’t know what they’re doing. People can lose their jobs not only because of shutdowns, but because of the lack of following protocols. It’s not worth your job, your life or livelihood, or someone else’s life or livelihood. If you can’t agree with the protocols in place, just stay home. Yeah, just stay home in general if you can.