TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Tom Cruise

My Job's As Hard As

Fighting in Afghanistan

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

1108-tom-cruise-getty
update_bar
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."

gray-bar-update
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."

995 COMMENTS

No Avatar
46.

Gofast430    

Maybe he should call his buddy Barrackwheat and they can blow each other.

258 days ago
47.

shelley    

He disgusts me. I haven't watched one of his movies in years!

258 days ago
48.

Cthrew    

Oh, dear, dear, there's Tommy violently over-steering his mind-mobil again.

258 days ago
49.

Miss Bu    

what a pompous arrogant ass that is a huge slap in the face to the men and women who are actually in Afghanistan.

258 days ago
50.

bellagrazi    

Please tell me he didn’t really say that. (Afghanistan) What an effing lunatic. I’d love to see someone who served in Afghanistan beat the sh*t out of him.

258 days ago
51.

ladygolfer1124    

He is over the top delusional. I'd like to see him in Afghanistan for a tour without his body guards, stuntman, catered meals and 5 star hotel. I vow to never watch another movie he's in.

258 days ago
52.

Marty G    

Cruise is on another planet. What an INSULT to actual serving members of our armed forces.

NOTE TO TOM: NOBODY IS TRYING TO KILL YOU ALL DAY LONG on your movie shoots you moron! WHAT A FREAKING TOOL!

258 days ago
53.

Mike    

I wouldn't spend another dime on any of his movies. Not that any of the last few were even worth seeing. Go away, little man!

258 days ago
54.

oink    

What war in Afghanistan?

258 days ago
55.

Tracy    

As the mother of a US Army Soldier I am totally disgusted by these comments. Our soldier's fight everyday so that people like you can have freedom of speech and then what do you do with that freedom...you disgrace yourself. If I was your mother I would be so ashamed.

258 days ago
56.

Jake Hansen    

Yeah, because humping for miles in the dark on a long patrol searching for people who want to behead you is just like playing make-believe...which is what this sh*thead does. F you, you gutless f**king wonder.

258 days ago
57.

Janet    

This is what happens when you spend your life staring at yourself in a mirror. He's become lost in his own fantasy world. And the money grubbing scientologist president David Miscavige has told him that they are the two most important people ON EARTH. And Tom's gigantic ego and insecurities about himself made him vulnerable to that lie.

Competitive, elite athletes spend most of the years of their young lives getting up at four or five in the morning so they can train for hours before school, then attending school for a full day before heading back to the pool, or track, or gym, or rink to train for another couple of hours before they go home to do homework.

And if what he does is like being in the military, where's his shell-shock? Where are the missing limbs and head injuries? Where are his broken relationships with family and friends? Oh, yeah, he does have those. Maybe he does have some post-traumatic stress from his upbringing. Too bad he doesn't help out those veterans whose bodies and lives were ****tered by their service.

Come on, Tom, wake up and get your head out of your own dark, warm place where it's so comfortable. Help those whose stresses are real instead of pouring money into a destructive "religion" that feeds your ego and Miscavige's wallet.

258 days ago
58.

L♥ve     

someone send him over seas and see if he says that when he comes back. That is discusting how can someone compare thier job to that

258 days ago
59.

Deesker    

He's a legend in his own mind.

258 days ago
60.

Nirad    

Delusional Tool.. Your comments are an insult to those who actually served in Afghanistan.

258 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web