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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

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."

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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Tom, you are such a dumb ass

310 days ago


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

310 days ago

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.

310 days ago


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

310 days ago


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.

310 days ago


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

310 days ago


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

310 days ago


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!!!

310 days ago


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

310 days ago

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!!

310 days ago


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.

310 days ago


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 .

310 days ago


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

310 days ago


Too late to "clarify" comments now!!! What were you thinking when you said something so dumb?? OMG His comments are like comparing the game Operation to actual brain surgery. Only Tom is the red nosed clown! :)

310 days ago


good thing his spokesman did damage control fast or tom would proably not hear the end of saying his job is like being a solider in Afghanstan love to see how he would do in the war a solider he wouldn't last. ego thy name is tom cruise

310 days ago
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