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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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Good riddance!    

Well, maybe we can make the best of this and ship this a-hole one man army off by himself to the middle of a Taliban controlled village in remote Afghanistan. Let him go in and show how his homeboy Xenu has his back and let the blathering midget prove just how much of a badazz he really is!
Gotta coupla bucks I'll chip in the the one way ticket!

295 days ago


Idiotic statements like that is why people hate him.

295 days ago


Have not much cared for him for quite a few years now, but this seals the deal! Delusional little twit. Suggest he be sent for a tour of duty in Afghanistan to get the real experience. I am so finished with this punk.

295 days ago


How DARE this man compare himself to troops putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan!! The two don't even come close to comparing! Tom is simply an entertainer, nothing more. I can't believe the Audacity this man has to make these comparisons.

295 days ago


What a self absorbed jerk. He has a pretend job, it's not real, what the hell is he thinking?

295 days ago

Hell If I Know    

What a jackazz. My dad was a Vietnam pilot who flew Jolly's. He went to a REAL war, not a fake one. We did not have millions of dollars. We did not see him for MONTHS a time or talk to him on the telephone and sometimes letters didn't reach him for weeks at a time. he did not have assistants to wipe his butt and run to get him his special latte like Mr. Cruise does. When people shot at my dad's helicopoter, they were REAL bullits..not fake. What a dum azzhole. Boycott his dipshiats movies...let him go broke and then try to live in the real world.

295 days ago


This Scientology nut job has lost his mind. He better watch out because he just pissed off every veteran in the United States. His days are numbered as an actor and walking around free without protection from a soldier that put his life on the line so that his worthless ass can make the living he does. What a pathetic jerk!

295 days ago

Eric Higgins    

Tom Cruise = Super Tool

295 days ago


Hey, you have a job pretending to be someone else,
it's not real, it's play acting. What is wrong with you?

295 days ago


What a delusional prick. Your cult religion is screwing with your mind and making you think that you are God’s anointed. There are no stunt doubles or retakes in combat. Sure you sometimes have to put in long days and sometimes the catered food may not be up to your standards, but you know you will be going home at the end of the day or perhaps going to some big fancy party—you sure do have it tough. People like you should be shunned and pass into oblivion. I hope you die lonely and deserted under an overpass somewhere. People like you do not deserve the bounty that you have been blessed with, especially when you consider those that have given everything in order to make your life possible—what an ingrate! I will watch another one of your movies again—there is so much better material and better actors out there. I have long suspected you were some kind of whack-job, but this puts a cork in it.

295 days ago

Tony C    


295 days ago


I don't know whose leaking these confidential do***ents, but if what we are hearing is true, Tom is way crazier than I thought he was. Learning lines for a movie role or play cannot be compared to fighting in a war! WTF??

295 days ago


How much do you get paid to fight in a war???
What an ass!

295 days ago

Tony C    

Tom Cruise may be the most narcissistic self centered jerk on the planet. His comments about acting being the same as combat is an insult to every military veteran or active duty person on the planet. He may be in great shape for a 50 year old but this man is in no way comparable to an Olympian. What an ass.

295 days ago


WOW, that man is really out of touch with reality.

too bad we cant send his sorry but to afghanistan for 4 years. He has NO clue how insulting that is. WOW

295 days ago
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