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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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751.

Simone    

That's not what he meant. They clipped the interview. After he said this, the person said "Are you saying you saying being an actor is as hard as being a soldier" and he said no

160 days ago
752.

Saul    

People should check their sources before publish stories.

160 days ago
753.

FP1999    

So now that Tom Cruises actually scoffed at the question he works as hard as a solider. And now that TMZ posted a new article that they watched Tom's video of the deposition and agree he thought comparing his work to a deployed soldier was ridiculous

Do any of you feel like tools? Thousands were enraged because they read a lie. Instead of believing everything you read. Consider the source. And consider the subject. Do the accusations make sense

Maybe all if the other terrible things said about Tom Cruise were lies too. But you'll have to do your own research to find out.

160 days ago
754.

Jeff     

THATS NOT WHAT HE SAID ...YOU TOOK THAT TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT AS USUAL ....TMZ IS A DISGUSTING SITE AND NEWS OUTLET , YOU SHOULD ALL DROWN YOURSELFS .

160 days ago
755.

KFYMM    

I hope those who serve take no offence from this garbage. He isn't going to LOSE his life (and by proxy, his family), shooting a movie he is being paid millions to do. Sure, he has his feelings, but they are sickly arrogant, considering he is being asked to consider these words after the fact. Hubris cometh...oh wait, he's fallen.

160 days ago
756.

2 fly 4 tmz    

G a y Bytch Boy. Now...try to sue me. Tool.

160 days ago
757.

Audrey Albert    

I think they should ship Tom Cruise to the worst battlefield in Afghanistan for a month. Let him see what the troops go through on a daily basis, then see if he says the same thing.

160 days ago
758.

gba03    

Oh Tom..Well check out this Real Housewife bikini fail...handstands in a bikini! http://snip.ps/RealHouseWifeBikiniFail

160 days ago
759.

T    

You guys are idiots. He's saying the absence from his daughter is just as grueling, not the job v. service aspect. He's talking about being away from family and not having his daughter with him, not the job.

159 days ago
760.

bobby1122    

POS Tom( I think I'm a man hero) Cruise-- have some one explain this to you , bitch.http://www.debbieschlussel.com/67174/incredible-navy-seals-vietnam-heroism-finally-gets-monument-when-one-medal-of-honor-recipient-rescues-another/

159 days ago
761.

PWN    

There may be some shoots that are physically demanding, but certainly not quite as dangerous.
unless you are Vic Morrow or his under age child actors co-stars (RIP)

158 days ago
762.

TOM    

ILL PUT A 100.00 ON WALBURG PUT THEM IN THE RING

158 days ago
763.

alex    

He obviously DIDN'T mean to compare this to Afghanistan and being a soldier. People are blowing this thing out of proportion.

157 days ago
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pATTI GARDNER    

I hope it got taken to far with the press I really dont think he meant it like that but if he did we can always send him over there let him fight right along with them god bless our soliders

156 days ago
765.

Stalagmte    

That is not what he said at all. This is so far taken out of of context it is ridiculous. I am no fan of Mr. Cruise, but I believe in paying fair as well. His lawyer was mocking the notion that any father who was away from his family was neglectful by saying if that were the case, any soldier fighting would be considered neglectful. (And he never mentioned Afghanistan.) It was the opposition lawyer who tried to twist the words around to make it appear as though he was comparing acting to fighting in Afghanistan. When Tom Cruise was directly asked about this, he said "C'mon. No, we're making movies."

155 days ago
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