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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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661.

alipali    

Er, his comments were taken out of context and misconstrued.

You people!

285 days ago
662.

Brian    

"Oh come on, you know, we're making a movie." - is the exact quote. Not sure why TMZ left off the last part ...

285 days ago
663.

BlackStallion    

Tom Cruise is more of an idiot than I ever thought he was. These actors have the easiest jobs on the planet, same with models. Good God they are overpayed for what they do. Most of them have absolutely no talent. It's just their looks that get them by. For him to compare himself to soldiers who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe is beyond ridiculous. Soldiers also don't get paid as much as these actors. Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Police, FireFighters, etc deserve much more money than these models, actors and even sports athletes.

285 days ago
664.

scarlett06    

Ooooohhhhh! Tom! Oooooohhhh No! Now ya done it!! Alienated just about anybody that was left on your side.
Dianetics huh? Maybe YOU are one of them.....aliens that is, that your hero, L Ron Hubbard has you woshipping.
Run, Suri, run!!!

285 days ago
665.

scarlett06    

Oooops! Forgot. Yeah, your job is just as "hard as being a soldier in Afgahnistan, but about $100,000,000 more lucrative!

Oh, the pomposity!

285 days ago
666.

Aussiecam    

A classmate and friend of mine died fighting taliban forces in Afghanistan you idiot Tom! He had more integrity and was more of a man than you will EVER be!!!!!!! And you wonder why people don't like you!

285 days ago
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Creedmoor    

As much as I'd love it to be true, you kids at TMZ should learn to check your sources. http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/09/tom-cruise-did-not-make-widely-reported-claim-that-acting-is-as-tough-as-combat/

285 days ago
668.

Griffin    

Let's get Matt Laurer's reaction and find out if he's still as "glib" as he was a few years ago.

285 days ago
669.

Ajax    

Now that it is known that the TMZ report was just all wrong about what Cruise said I wonder if they are worried about being sued for slander?

285 days ago
670.

Ajax    

Now that it is known that the TMZ report was just wrong I wonder if they are worried about being sued for slander?

285 days ago
671.

Just My Opinion    

How can this dude say this, when he never fought in a war? Being in a war movie like Top Gun doesn't caught, Tom.

285 days ago
672.

Richard Johnson    

Yeah Tom, how many IEDs are planted around your movie sets? How many of your fellow actors have had their legs blown off by land mines? How many actors have taken a bullet as part of their job? How many real bullets have you dodged during your "tough" days acting? You are nothing but a pathetic Hollywood *****. No wonder Hollywood morons are such leftists. They haven't a clue what reality is really like. They're all a bunch of delusional wack jobs.

285 days ago
673.

Richard Johnson    

Yeah Tom, how many IEDs are planted around your movie sets? How many of your fellow actors have had their legs blown off by land mines? How many actors have taken a bullet as part of their job? How many real bullets have you dodged during your "tough" days acting? You are nothing but a pathetic Hollywood *****. No wonder Hollywood morons are such leftists. They haven't a clue what reality is really like. They're all a bunch of delusional wack jobs.

285 days ago
674.

Richard Johnson    

Yeah Tom, how many IEDs do you find planted around your movie sets, you pathetic Hollywood *****? How many of your fellow actors do you see getting their legs blown off by a land mine? How many get shot in the head? How many go without food from the craft caterers? How many don't go home at night to sleep in their own beds? When is the last time you dodged real bullets as part of your daily job? How many purple hearts have you won? No wonder Hollywood morons are so leftist. They haven't a clue about what reality is really like. They're all just a bunch of delusional self indulgent pissants.

285 days ago
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Gail Willard    

OMG!!! Shame on you.

285 days ago
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