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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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76.

ELC    

The biggest problem Tom has is Tom himself. He has the audacity to say he works harder than soldiers in Afghanistan and athletes preparing for the Olympics. Man, he has one hell of an ego. Unfortunately, with both statements, he comes off as so obnoxious and the sad part is he doesn't care. No Mr. Cruise you are not the be all and end all. You do not work as hard nor do you deserve that credit. Do us all a great favor and shut the f**k up why don't you.

327 days ago
77.

sheesh    

HATE HATE HATE HIM!!!

327 days ago
78.

Onestar    

Funny how Tom's PR person is blaming the Holmes team for feeding bad info about him to the press. It looks like Tom does an amazing job ruining his own reputation just by speaking. I guess Scientologists are not only fascist but they are also kind of stupid.

327 days ago
79.

Pistol    

Shame on you. Your job is NOTHING like putting your life on the line for your country.

327 days ago
80.

Truth    

STFU DOUCHE.... YEA, AND PEEPS SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN DONT GET $15-20 MIL SALARIES, BLOCKED OFF SETS, PRIVATE SECURITY, PRIVATE JETS, AND 500 MILES AWAY FROM THE NEAREST TALIBAN BULLET. THIS SCIENTOLOGIST IS A 5150 NUTCRACKER FOR REALZ!! #TRUTH!!

327 days ago
81.

lulu2009    

Let's send his sorry a@@ over there for a month and see how he changes his tune!

327 days ago
82.

Just My Opinion    

Your acting job is not hard work, dude. Compered to you working so hard at being a lame azz brainwashed science colt freakazoid, it's a piece of cake.

327 days ago
83.

Kristee    

Next action movie he make, give everyone live ammo, let's see how the little twerp makes out.

327 days ago
84.

guy    

A life of delusion and ego......sad

327 days ago
85.

John    

What an unrealistic view of life. He sprints on camera for thirty seconds or throws a couple of phony punches at a stunt man and he thinks that makes him an athlete.

327 days ago
86.

Mikey    

He is insane...........

327 days ago
87.

Kàt    

Could it be he's 'trying' to end his career? ..........we can only hope

327 days ago
88.

imalwysrght    

I just threw up a little bit....

327 days ago
89.

Mikey    

He's mentally ill but Scientology denies the existence of mental illness. Completely bizarre...

327 days ago
90.

Katz    

Ok so Cruise is either doing drugs, or Scientology is making his head swell believing he's so great!

327 days ago
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