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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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676.

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.

158 days ago
677.

Gail Willard    

OMG!!! Shame on you.

158 days ago
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Janet     

Tom, you are such a dumb ass

158 days ago
679.

Soldier    

Hay Tom Cruise.....I wake up in the morning with a pecker harder than your job.

158 days ago
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universal doll    

Ever since his debate with Princeton University grad Brooke Shields, on the subject of postpartum depression Tom has made it very clear he should listen quietly to his handlers. He may be a good father, he's certainly no candidate to be a Rhodes Scholar.

158 days ago
681.

GS0344    

Total A$$hole, get him on the next flight to Afghanistan.

158 days ago
682.

NoBozo    

Short guy with ego that he believes he is tall, good-looking, and talented. Worse, that he has a job and works equal to those who put their lives on the line to protect this country!!! Delusional self-important prat.

158 days ago
683.

kitkat2013    

Well Mr. Cruise you just pissed off a pretty good chunk of Americans!!!

158 days ago
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Janis    

I feel for him, the guy is a workaholic, and let's face Suri is never going to want for anything.

158 days ago
685.

Layken    

TMZ - why isn't this running in your most commented section?!? What an a hole! As a vet - this was way over the line ~ Please don't let him skate on this TMZ!!!

158 days ago
686.

Dan    

Where is he coming from? Comparing himself to a US Marine is silly. He's a long way from a Marine!

158 days ago
687.

Joanne Hamilton    

Every time that he opens his mouth, something more ignorant come out! No wonder he's been married three times and can't keep a wife!! Lol!!

158 days ago
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Gigi    

It is amazing how TMZ has the power to turn thousands of people against somebody. This is a tabloid website giving half information and everybody just takes it in and soaks it up and treats it as gospel. Yep….you are all SOOOOOO smart.

158 days ago
689.

Cynic    

he has a point its hard work been the worlds biggest celebrity douchebag . shame he isnt ducking live rounds

no offense meant to all those fine fighting men and women fighting .

158 days ago
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MadCharles    

I'll bet his parents protested their drafted classmates and called any Vietnam veteran not returning home in a box horrible names as well. Calling us murderers, baby killers and rapists was a staple with left wing Hollywood crowd for decades. In fact I still get called those names when I comment on blogs like Salon, Daily Beast Daily Kos, even on TMZ. Their offspring are just as bad.
rvn 70/71

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