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Tom Cruise

My Job's As Hard As

Fighting in Afghanistan

11/11/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, says the notion that Tom compares his acting to fighting a war is a distortion, pointing to a section in the deposition -- not part of the deposition that was publicly released -- in which Tom is asked, "Do you believe the situations [being in a movie and fighting a war in Afghanistan] are the same?"  Tom replies, "Oh come on."  Fields says that clearly means "of course not."

For the record, here's Tom's quote, responding to the opposing lawyer in the deposition:

Lawyer:  "Now, your counsel has publicly equated your absence from Suri for these extended periods of time as being analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan.  Are you aware of that?"

Cruise:  "I didn't hear the Afghanistan, but that's what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie, it was brutal.  It was brutal."

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Tom Cruise not only thinks he trains harder than Olympic athletes, he believes his job as a professional actor is as grueling as fighting the war in Afghanistan -- this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

As we reported, Cruise recently sat for a deposition in his $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that claimed he abandoned daughter Suri -- and his quotes are GOLD.

First, the Middle East -- Tom says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal."
 1108_afghanistan_war_footerAs for his physical training, Tom said, "There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film." But the kicker, he adds, "A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I'm shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day."

1108_olympic_action_footerBut it's not all grenades and triathlons  ... Tom says he's only flown commercial ONCE in the last 4 years ... and that was because he had no choice. 

And there's this ... Tom says the skills he's picked up along the way have provided shortcuts in his relationship with Suri.  For example, he says it's not always necessary for him to be physically around Suri, because he can tell her vivid stories on the phone that come to life.  Tom says, "I've gotten very good at [talking on the phone]. I've gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it."

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Jules Destaing    

""just like serving a tour in Afghanistan"" -
that's DISGUSTING. He should be ashamed of himself.

298 days ago
2.

Dead@27    

And his grandma has got really good at phone sex.

298 days ago
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Patlouela    

who is "they" ?....Suri makes Katie listen to her dad's calls ?...lol

298 days ago
4.

Amy    

Tom... Never EVER compare yourself to a soldier fighting in Afghanistan.. EVER.

298 days ago
5.

Rob    

He's a legend in his own mind!

298 days ago
6.

karen    

Words cannot express the disdain I feel for these comments. Yes, Tom, you face possible death every day of your pompous life. WHAT A LOSER.

298 days ago
7.

nevermore    

I'd like to see him say that to a real vet, face to face. Kick his delusional little arse comparing hand to hand skills. I want to see the Marines address this fruitcakes self delusions... Semper Fi.

298 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

what a delusional prick. how on earth can you compare acting in a movie to being in an actual war? on a movie set he knows the odds are he will go home and see his family.infact he can have his family fly over to visit him.in a warzone you arent promised the next day and your family sure as hell cant jump a plane and come visit you when ever they like.also he lives in a posh hotel room and nice food catered to him on set.those in war zones sleep outside when on missions and eat meals that come in plastic shrink wrapped packs and are cold.

298 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...oh boy...he sure has crossed the line comparing his shoots overseas too tours soldiers make.....yikes............he is a smart man...why say something so flipped stupid?

298 days ago
10.

Mary    

I'm amazed he didn't put discovery and depositions under seal. The magazine could use this info to sell millions of dollars worth of magazines. He's actually aiding them at making money at his and Suri's expense. His lawyer needs to step up his game.

298 days ago
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porkchop    

Is it really necessary for this idiot to prove he's a knob every time he opens his mouth. **** you Cruise, you are a tiny single person in a very big world, NOT the other way around.

298 days ago
12.

tripod    

I was a career Marine. I looked at life a lot differently the first time I had people trying to kill me. Tom Cruise is a "has-been" little turd.

298 days ago
13.

Sashatree    

HEY CRUISE! YOU'RE NOT WORTHY TO LICK THE BOOTS OF ANY SOLDIER!!

298 days ago
14.

STFUP    

"location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like."
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How the F~~K would he know!? The gay, cultist freak never served a day in his life! F~~K him!

298 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

Coo Coo ; Coo Coo... he's off his rocker

298 days ago
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