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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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526.

Faunmax    

What an idiot. He's been drinking too much of that scientology kool aid. Maybe he should do a tour in afghanistan before he opens his big mouth.

314 days ago
527.

jordii    

A collective groan can be heard all over the U.S.

Maybe he should be asked to lead the troops and athletes in training and see how that goes!

Sometimes it's just better to shut up.

314 days ago
528.

whatsup    

When he comes home in a body bag, we will make sure to put his quote on his tombstone! He is a total jackass.

314 days ago
529.

dahercool    

Kill. Yourself.

Douche.

314 days ago
530.

ThomT    

As proof of his story telling skill he compares being an overpaid pampered actor to fighting the war in Afghanistan. In your dreams Tom, in your dreams.

314 days ago
531.

Lisa    

Wow Nicole put up with this narcissistic person for 10 years???? Wow, give her an award. She must be loving her time with her new husband... they are like polar opposites.

314 days ago
532.

madagascar    

GUYS, stop bashing Tom. I personally don't care about the politics that all you guys bash him on blah blah.... I just think he's super hot attractive especially when had slightly longer hair. Nothing else matters.

314 days ago
533.

Sara    

Who are "they"?

314 days ago
534.

cokeandpilates    

First of all, his comment about being an actor is "Just serving a tour in Afghanistan" is a slap in the face of every soldier who has fought for our freedom in Afghanistan. No, Tom, you arrogant prick, going on location and living in the finest hotels while filming is NOT like serving in Afghanistan. Do you have a clue as to what those soldiers and their families sacrifice? No, you don't, so please shut the hell up! Second, I'm sure Suri appreciates all those shortcuts and your random BS phone conversations instead of having her dad as a consistent and stable presence in her life. Tom is apparently so arrogant and delusional that he has no idea how ridiculous the crap spewing out of his mouth sounds.

314 days ago
535.

MoWalker    

It's as simple as this. TOM CRUISE IS A DOUCHE.

314 days ago
536.

dean    

Who the hell does he think he is to compare himself to the selfless warriors willing to give their lives for HIS country. Back to reality bubba. You make millions of dollars making movies, you "train" to make money. They fight without pay and their families try to figure out how to feed their families. Really check, YOU CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the support of your own freedom!

314 days ago
537.

markavelli    

As usual, the media has blown his statement out of context. Buy hey, it will fire up a lot people and create a lot of web traffic.....

314 days ago
538.

TruthRevealed    

Tom cruise is full of BS and an egoistic, arrogant, irresponsible, abusive, criminal person.
Karma is finally catching up with him.

314 days ago
539.

Spike    

Hey Tom…. As someone who served in Afghanistan and OUTSIDE the wire. You have no idea what you are talking about. Come have a talk with a few of us and we can inform you how easy your job really is. Perhaps if you came out of the Ivory Tower and came to talk to us like many of your peers (even some who oppose the war) than you might understand the stupidity of your statement. I do not recall you having survived IED attacks in any of your movies… I mean REAL IED attacks… Moron!

314 days ago
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sandie    

send him over t here to fight so he'll have a first hand comparision. maybe he can end this "war". he's so impressive. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

314 days ago
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