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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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gmafriday    

Be is an idiot

255 days ago
617.

LA    

This Narcissist: AKA: Tom Cruise is Drunk on his wealth, fame and "fantasy" world he lives in... I think a Battalion in Afghanistan should extend him an invitation to spend a week with them and Confirm that HIS job is like THEIRS!!! I would adjust my schedule to hear his Personal Apology when he returned to the states... if he makes it back!
Comments like these slaps the face of mothers like me. My son was Killed In Action in Afghanistan.
Mr. Cruise you are old enough to monitor the words that come out of your mouth, practice it!!!

255 days ago
618.

nonya    

Tom Cruise is an idiot,

255 days ago
619.

nonya    

Tom Cruise is an idiot, it must be the Scientology speaking.

255 days ago
620.

Ace    

These pretzels are making me thirsty.

255 days ago
621.

nonya    

Tom Cruise is an idiot, it must be the Scientology talking.

255 days ago
622.

westvil1    

what a tool

255 days ago
623.

Hobie    

Tom Cruise is a bad-ass. So what if he has beliefs the majority don't believe with? The guy makes great movies and does a lot of his own stunts. That's what he's referring to. Most actors use a double for all action scenes....not Tom.

255 days ago
624.

fester15    

You people write these things like Tom Cruise will actually read it. If you you want to make a statement then you should boycott his movies. Then he wouldn't be able to demand such a high salary for his so called work.

255 days ago
625.

JP    

Tom Cruise is an overrated jackass.

255 days ago
626.

Sammysmom    

Preparing to watch your stunt man must be really hard work . How would you know what it is to leave your family behind. Getting on a private plane owned by the government. with 300 other men and women.Having your clothing picked out by experts not stylists. Meals not served by craft tables but in a can a bag you have to heat up. Checking your bank balance wondering if the government is going to stop paying you. Respect those who gave you the right to be stupid.

255 days ago
627.

Iris Myandowski    

cept the soldiers dont get huge paychecks, they ACTUALLY get shot at and blown up, THEY"RE actually fighting for a CAUSE ....DO i NEED TO KEEP GOING HERE????

255 days ago
628.

royce    

On the bottom of a Marines boot is a piece of ****. Tom , thats right where you should be. The only reason that you have time to make movies and act like a f^ckin fruit is because of Warriors keeping you free. Loser!

255 days ago
629.

pennymac    

what a self centered buffoon. how bout saying that so someone in the armed forces, face to face??? he probably has stunt doubles too. loser.

255 days ago
630.

Calico    

What an insult - what a BS artist, as usual

255 days ago
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