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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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136.

Leo Smith    

What a LOSER

315 days ago
137.

Repeter    

He has finally removed all doubt whether he's a world class ass. He is.

315 days ago
138.

cujothedog    

It seems he is drinking the same kool-aid as that Bieber girl!

315 days ago
139.

OMFG    

Tom you fvck, you were NEVER in the military, you are a bytch, a little bytch. How DARE you compare your caviar to men losing ligamints and fearing their lives and those around them 24/7. OMFG, you really just JUMPED the shark on this one. I saw Oblivion last night, I don't care HOW good of an actor you are, you don't know fvck all, and I will REFUSE to watch your movies. Go back to your boyfriend you lame ass closet POS.

HOW DARE YOU compare it! You played in military movies, you PLAYED in them, you fvcking took breaks and hid away in between shoots and remain a bytch. The boys and girls fighting a war that THEY did not ask to go to don't have the luxury of *taking a break* I was in the military, I GAVE 8 fvcking years to barely scrape by and it was not even war time...and YOU...YOU....YOU DARE to fvcking compare YOUR job of being a bytch, to those who risk their lives on a daily basis. Please go the FVCK away...you have JUMPED the shark, you fvck!!!
Fvck U,U fvcking fvck!!!!!

315 days ago
140.

Susie #1    

This man is arrogant and appallingly stupid. After reading some of his deposition comments, he sounds like he never made it out of elementary school; his language also sounds like that of someone who's been brainwashed.

As for his training and stamina, he's insulting the armed forces and olympians.

315 days ago
141.

Marc Headley     

Tom Cruise has officially attained the highest level of Scientology called DOUCHEBAG LEVEL OT 8.

And the truth is just starting to come out. Tom Cruise thinks that shooting ****ty movies is harder than risking one's life for our country!

He and Scientology leader David Miscavige live in their own tiny world where they are the highest level beings on Earth. FACT. If Tom Cruise said what he really thinks, there would be a hundred similar statements like this one.

This is Scientology. He is Scientology. They think they are better than everybody period.

315 days ago
142.

Rick    

This is the type of situation that reminds me how much I like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whenever he is interviewed about the mechanics of making an action movie, he humbles himself and says that he is just an actor and his work is nothing compared to the military/police/etc who he calls the "real heroes" that put their lives on the line every day.

Tom Cruise is just a worm

315 days ago
143.

Livvie    

He it's delusional, arrogant and really stupid.

315 days ago
144.

MrsStigg    

As the daughter of a Vietnam Army Vet, former Navy wife and now a Navy Mother, I take great offense at his comments. I'd like to see him survive one day of SERE training.

315 days ago
145.

TexasBlonde    

Oh good grief. What a clueless nancy.

315 days ago
146.

Stacy_Rachelle9210    

wow it must be so hard to be rich & waking up everyday wondering what your gonna buy.
those soldiers wake up everyday not knowing if they'll see another. smh, so disrespectful!

315 days ago
147.

Deanna    

Wow; this guy is really egotistical and crazy...Well, he belongs to a cult. When you're in a war zone and you're fighting for your life every day and don't know if you'll ever see your loved ones again, it's a whole lot different than shooting a movie that you can abandon any time. You also have free will and freedom, which our members of our armed forces don't have. Seriously???

315 days ago
148.

dianne    

Let's send him over there and find out, maybe he won't make it back.

315 days ago
149.

Dennis    

Dear Tom Cruise. I never liked you, but now you are officially a disgrace to this country. Anyone who sees your movies from this moment forward is as much of a douchebag as you. Sincerely, the friends and family of military members of the USA in combat. You and your cult need to dry up and blow away!

315 days ago
150.

Angel Morado    

He can't be serious right? Right?

315 days ago
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