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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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586.

StevieJT     

This is not true and has since been proven not true. TMZ, do your jobs and follow up.

312 days ago
587.

StevieJT     

This is not true and has been proven not true just today. It's on record exactly what was said and it has been grossly misstated. Do your homework people, especially TMZ

312 days ago
588.

BD    

Yes, a delusional , self centered prick making comments about great he is and how everyone else is stupid for not being like him.. a true $cientologist

312 days ago
589.

maisie    

Mr. Cruise you need a SERIOUS reality check. It is Rememberance Sunday here in the UK today, and your comments have insulted a lot of people. YOU can never compare yourself to any soldier alive or dead, you are an actor who ACTS. When you actually sign up for your country maybe then it will be different.

312 days ago
590.

The world is disgusting    

Now I know he's dome lost his mutha ****1n mind! Stars/rich people and their egos.

312 days ago
591.

gail gregoriades    

Grow Up Cruise ! you live in a make-believe world, pretending to be something you are not - and paid more moeny for it than you are worth

311 days ago
592.

Gigi    

And here you have another classic example of quoting a celebrity, without revealing that the celebrity is only commenting on a question that he was specifically asked. Its worth so much more money that way, isn't it? This is the case in 95% of the instances where celebrities seem to make these off the wall, outrageous statements. The only difference is that this time it is a lawyer trying to set him, not the paps. (Not that the paps didn't pounce on the leftovers with everything they had.)

311 days ago
593.

weezer    

DELUSIONAL is an understatement. He wonders why his last films have failed b/c nobody wants to pay their hard earned money to see this self centred ego maniac.

311 days ago
594.

Meh..    

Tom your a malignant narcissist. Yes I always liked going back to my trailer and and call my agent after a firefight or an IED attack. Azzhat, you wouldn't last an hour in the sandbox, let alone the real world.

311 days ago
595.

Native NYker    

What's the to do? He hasn't exactly lied bout havin to train... & all he said was like a tour of a war site... Leave the man alone. Amazing people take issue w/ this & not the bogus made up stories in the rags. WTF

311 days ago
596.

Kay    

What a complete *******.

311 days ago
597.

magggnus    

huh. i didn't knew he risked his life every time he's at work… selfish whore

311 days ago
598.

DJ McDivitt    

As a Marine and a Actor, all I can say is. "Get off your high horse"

311 days ago
599.

DJ McDivitt    

Try to walk in a Marines boots!

311 days ago
600.

g    

REALLY I don't think so Tom Cruise...You have NO Idea stop running your Mouth you are a disgrace to
AMERICA TO even think this let alone say it....I will be Praying for you , you need Jesus...HOW DARE YOU SPEAK LIKE THAT.

311 days ago
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