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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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481.

suemeree    

Dear Tom Cruise
I will personally send you a ticket to Afghanistan. You would not last an hour in a real combat. There are no special effects in the real world
Sincerely,
The World

314 days ago
482.

Mike    

The real s***bag is the one who wrote this article.

They used things he said while trying to make a case against another s***bag for libel against him. Tom Cruise is a crazy sonofabitch, but you try putting up with the media s***suckers and not snapping from time to time.

Everything he said was taking out of context, leading you to the conclusion that he actually said what he does is harder/just as hard as what our troops endure--he did not say it, or it would be directly quoted in the article. This parasitic piece of filth is using your emotional responses to turn you against Tom Cruise for suing someone else in the media--most likely working under the same corporation who publishes TMZ.

Be mad, boycott, do what ever you want to do--but you just got played like a pawn by a waste of oxygen who slings **** for a living.

314 days ago
483.

Thomas    

I didn't even have to read the story to call B.S. on this story. Who dose this dumbf - -k think he is?

314 days ago
484.

Stan Reeves    

This little prick needs to serve a tour in a war zone then he could say he knows what it's like the treat of being killed everyday !!! What a jackass !!! I would go see one of his movies if you paid me to go !!!

314 days ago
485.

Ed    

This man and too many others are for whom T.S Eliot wrote "The Hollow Men" What a douche.
http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/

314 days ago
486.

Stacy    

What an ASS hat. I'm sure sometimes filming the kinds of movies he does is rigorous but he's not facing being blown up or shot ever. He's not dedicated to protecting our country he's dedicated to making millions of dollars. I think he has a serious mental condition.

314 days ago
487.

Henry Kaylor    

Every American needs to boycott Tom Cruise movies (or anything related to Tom Cruise). His works are nothing like be a Professional Soldier.

DO NOT SUPPORT TOM CRUISE

Henry Kaylor
LTC (USA RET)

314 days ago
488.

Crabby    

only time this ******* should open his mouth is when he is on his knees about to suck someone's dick.

314 days ago
489.

1LTLos    

This man has not shame nor conscience to know he should feel shame for saying such a self -absorbed and off base lie! Fiirst the contract that places Tom Cruise as some he-man in every movie he ruins has to be revised - A otherwise fine movie "war of the worlds" pits Tim Robbins (another libtard) against pip-squeek Tom Cruise in a fight to the death. Tim Robbins in real life TOWERS above tom Cruise. Tome Cruise also stated that for his role in The Last Samurai" the Japanese Armor was heavy and he had to put on 25 pounds of muscle in order to wear it. Does this moron know how much 25 pounds in muscle is and how long that would take to develop? The guy is as much a blowhard as Obama and I cannot stomach listening to EITHER narcisistic personality - They are both so filled with themselves that it is disgusting!!

314 days ago
490.

texaskitten    

Tom Cruise your JOB is an act. SERVING in Afghanistan is not an act. You stand in front of a camera. The soldiers stand in front of a bullet. (Please get off of your high horse before you fall down.)

314 days ago
491.

k    

This guy (and his ego) have gone off the deep edge. Katie has saved Suri from this nut job!

314 days ago
492.

usnama    

I had 2 sons in Afghanistan at the same time, cruise do double that year? fool

314 days ago
493.

GiGi    

He is DISGUSTING! There is no comparison. PIG!!!

314 days ago
494.

Andie    

Get over yourself already Tom. Try living a week in a soldiers boots. Then tell us what it's REALLY like to fight the war in Afghanistan. FOOL!!

314 days ago
495.

Miara    

There are 654 comments on here now!?! WOW He better hope he doesn't run into any of our country's military peeps! What an insult to them! Shame on you Tom!

314 days ago
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