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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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peter j kuZemchak    

you have no idea what it is to serve in any combat area. i am a 22 year army combat infantry retiree. i serve in the desert. you receive millons of dollars for your movies. we receive maybe a couple thousand a month depending on your rank. you are an idiot. you and disgusting, and you are an embarassment to the american public for that comment.

261 days ago
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Phyllis    

Tom Cruise needs to stop listening to his publicists and have a reality check...he like so many celebs really start to believe they are all that...when the truth is they are just mere mortals that are willing to sell themselves to the highest bidder...poor you Tom.

261 days ago
648.

agony    

Reading the relevant excerpts of the deposition shows that Cruise's comments reveal a different story.

The comments come in a section of the deposition where Cruise is being asked about time he has spent away from daughter Suri, either because of film or other commitments.

"Now your counsel has publicly equated your absence from Suri for these extended periods of time as being analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan," opposing counsel asks him. "Are you aware of that?"

"I didn't hear the Afghanistan," Cruise replies. "That's what it feels like and certainly on this last movie it was brutal. it was brutal."

"Do you believe that the situations are the same?" Cruise is asked.

"Oh come on," Cruise says, "you know, we're making a movie."

261 days ago
649.

Naomi     

Reminds me of Jerry Maguire. His constant reasoning on why he left home. On the topic of serving in Afghanistan and his work as a actor Your nuts. Our military serve and protect our country. Our military put their lives in harms way . Your job is acting in front of a screen for entertainment for millions of dollars which in my opinion our military deserves. Jesus is my savior.

261 days ago
650.

Jamie G    

Fictional story created by Faux News. Wake the F up, people, and pay attention to things THAT MATTER.

261 days ago
651.

Ang    

Tom Cruise you need to get over yourself you do not work harder then someone fighting for our country you are weird and strange anyway but yu dont say acting in a movie is like fighting over there you wouldnt even survive if you had to go so just disappear

261 days ago
652.

Mary Andress    

Oh Please...I am not a fan of Tom Cruise but TZM and fox news are the only ones saying this and Tom Cruise is suing them...some people are so gullible and believe anything...

261 days ago
653.

Mary Andress    

Oh Please....Tom Cruise didn't say this...There is no video to prove it...I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise but some people really need to get a life and stop the BS...I googled this and Fox and TZM are the only ones saying this...Cruise has filed a lawsuit with Fox News...

261 days ago
654.

Pat    

Tom Cruise job harder than war. Are you kidding me?????? He needs to take a real pill, just maybe he can begin to live a real life!

261 days ago
655.

BeSerious    

I think Tom has just jumped off the couch into oblivion.

261 days ago
656.

BeSerious    

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." You Cannot interpret what one says in a deposition. His words stand as the official record. His attorney should have asked him to explain himself on cross-examination.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/08/tom-cruise-suri-lawsuit-deposition-afghanistan-war-olympics/44/#c8031276#ixzz2kHBb1CFX

261 days ago
657.

APH    

What an Ego maniacal Turd!

261 days ago
658.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

WAS NOT WHAT HE SAID AT ALL!!! TMZ just totally slandered this guy. Go look up the actual interview. Hope Tom sues the $hit out of TMZ!!

261 days ago
659.

Noname    

Such an undeserving thing to say. It's like spitting in the face of every soldier fighting in Afghanistan. Those are some serious delusions he's got going on there.

261 days ago
660.

Joan Smith    

... and another reason his wife left him... so full of himself... so full of sh$t.

261 days ago
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