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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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91.

Katz    

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

163 days ago
92.

kris    

that is freaking it......i already was on the fence with this prick and now before veterans day he says this load of horse crap? I guess he is in constant fear for his life to the point where he doesnt care about his own life anymore and cares more about the lives of his fellow troops. seeing my fellow marines die around me hurt more than death could ever have hurt because death doesnt hurt. living with the memory of blown apart friends hurts more than death...... i guess thats what tom mother f'n cruise goes through on a daily basis. someone get this man some attention.

163 days ago
93.

Just My Opinion    

Oh, don't start crying to me, dude. Try making 2 or more movies at one time like Mel Gibson has in his and even now, then you can frickin complain.

163 days ago
94.

Good riddance!    

WOW! You self righteous, arrogant, nutjob TOOL!!!

163 days ago
95.

Shoozie    

How DARE you!!!!!!!! You self-centered. piece of sh!t, puzzy bastard!!! Until you get killed while filming your little, ridiculous movies on an air conditioned sound stage. while everyone there got in with a special pass, you have Z E R O right to say such a fked up, insane statement!! Go Fk yourself, no one else will. To all the men and women who served. GOD BLESS YOU and THANK YOU for your service!!

163 days ago
96.

Itoldu    

Cry me a river , you self- important idiot.
Yeah, Suites at the Ritz Carlton & multi- million dollar paychecks.
Scientology has apparently left you brain dead.
You should be retracting those statements on any media outlet that will put your sorry @ss on.

163 days ago
97.

Cathie    

However the troops are not getting a 20 million pay day the way that Mr. Cruise does and his stint in a movie does not last for years. I'm also certain he enjoys all the comforts of home in between takes. What a joke!

163 days ago
98.

Pidge    

...so tired of this pompous,delusional, self-important ass-wipe.
Hugely disrespectful attitude to all veterans. HUGELY. What a disgrace.

163 days ago
99.

flora68    

OMG. Does this deluded idiot have any idea how moronic he sounds?

163 days ago
100.

Lexy    

What a douchebag.

163 days ago
101.

Hell If I Know    

A six year old walking home from school by himself in South Central L.A. is in more danger that this nimrod is on his jackazz movie sets. Poor Katie Holmes....she's forever tied to this doochbag because she stupidly had a child with him.

Who is the bigger DOOCHBAG...Charlie Sheen or Tom Cruise? It's a close race but TC just won it.

163 days ago
102.

jules    

WOW! Just like serving tour in Afghanistan"...hmmm...3 years ago, my son a Soldier served in that hell hole for a year. His Unit lost 6 of his friends in Afghanistan while serving there; as a matter of fact, today was the day November 8th. So Mr. Cruise really, your work is just like serving...YOURE DILUSIONAL and disgusting!

163 days ago
103.

rnkat    

What does he mean "they" enjoy hearing the stories. His he talking about Suri and her attached thetans?

163 days ago
104.

fonzie    

WOAH!!! Ok. All bets off. Tom, we laughed when you said Lauer was glib, we moved on after you humiliated Brooke Shields....but this is the last straw. SHAME ON YOU. Shame shame.

163 days ago
105.

kris    

my friends didnt die face down in the muck so this strumpet could run debt up all over town

163 days ago
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