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Tom Cruise

Video Shows Actor Scoffs at War Comparison

11/11/2013 1:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ has seen the VIDEOTAPE of Tom Cruise's deposition, and here's what's clear ... he scoffs at the comparison between his job as an actor and a soldier in Afghanistan, but only at the end of a contentious exchange with the opposing lawyer.

We were not able to record the video but we viewed the portion in question several times.  You see a buttoned-up Tom -- wearing a coat, a vest and a white shirt -- sitting almost motionless with his lips pursed, as the lawyer asks:

    -- "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?"

As the question is asked, Tom does not change his expression.  He doesn't scoff, laugh or show any sort of shock.  He sits impassively. 

Tom's lawyer objects and then says he can answer.  Tom remains stoic.

Then he answers:

   -- "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."

When Tom says "I didn't hear the Afghanistan, but that's what it feels like," he doesn't laugh but moves in his chair.  When he says "It was brutal, it was brutal" ... Cruise laughs.

Then when the lawyer says "Do you believe the situations [being in a movie and fighting a war in Afghanistan] are the same?" ... Cruise becomes almost indignant and says, "Oh come on."  At this point he is clearly saying they're not the same.

Short story.  It seems like Cruise got sucked into the lawyer's hyperbole and was showing a little too much macho at the beginning of the exchange, when he said, "That's what it feels like.  It was brutal, it was brutal."  And then when the lawyer crystallized it ... Cruise realized what was happening and made a clear statement he didn't view his acting like fighting in a war.

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Pidge    

What a putz.

294 days ago
17.

Alphabeter    

He brought this all upon himself.

David is not Tom's friend and that sick relationship is why Cruise can't make bank anymore. I hope it brings the whole centre of cards down.

294 days ago
18.

Mintie    

TMZ it is time for you to retract in public!!! You accused him of saying something that he DID NOT say. Admit that you were wrong.

294 days ago
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Dead@27    

All Hail Xenu and LRH ! WHA HAHAHA!

294 days ago
20.

janet    

This Scientology cult freak brings on a $50 million lawsuite and nobody is going to question him?


Keep your mouth shut. Once upon a time is just that once upon a time not now.

294 days ago
21.

Dead@27    

Suri is an Operating Thetan Level Seven !
Yoko is a Supreme Intellectual !
I won't have S.P.'s like that near me !
Paul wasn't the Walrus, I was actually the Walrus !

294 days ago
22.

Mintie    

http://news.yahoo.com/no-tom-cruise-did-not-compare-acting-serving-000505904.html

294 days ago
23.

Ariscottle    

Mr. Tom Cruise - Mr. John Travolta and all the afflicted en Scientology are incidental to Dianetics real purpose that is en direct violation of Americas Constitution of a separate Church and State for over sixty plus years and brought the War of Asymmetry to our homeland. If America believes Asymmetrical warfare is only a concept they need to read (A Case for Rage and Retribution) by Time magazine the day after nine eleven. This is real war that implodes large buildings and causes blood and death - Thanks Dianetics - Scientology - Congress that proliferate this religion as the only religion ever en America and en the world as non fiction - true fact. Any public comment Mr. Cruise - Mr. Travolta - how about your Ecclesiastical leader better yet does the president of The United States have a comment on this real warfare. (Oh no he didn't) Oh yes I did - for I am en truth. Ariscottle

294 days ago
24.

david    

its ok.... in around 6 days scientology releases their superpower building in clearwater fl. mr. cruise will then receive his superpowers...superpowers that only scientologist can have because their cult leader david miscavige says so and he's a cult leader and what he says is always right,,,the church of scientology now offering free beatings with new recruits!!! join today!!!

294 days ago
25.

Shoozie    

Stick a fork in him----he is done.

294 days ago
26.

HLyWDgreg    

TMZ is a F ing joke! LMFAO

294 days ago
27.

woolly -Bear    

Tom, Your FCKING Nuts. Comparing your Lame movies to War in Afganistand. Your an idiot to buy into L.Ron Hubbert Scientology. I had a dream last night where i was a God. Then i woke up in the morning. Your a troubled man dude. Get some help. ;=)

294 days ago
28.

double d    

Tom is weird

294 days ago
29.

Kelly    

So... is this a RETRACTION of your earlier story? Shoddy even for TMZ.

294 days ago
30.

Sonja    

Not a huge Cruise fan but it does seem like everyone was putting words in his mouth. And I have to agree with other posters, I hadn't heard a thing about it until TMZ put up the article saying that he equated making a movie to fighting in Afghanistan. Pretty bad considering it was his lawyer and not him who said it.

294 days ago
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