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Tom Cruise

Video Shows Actor Scoffs at War Comparison

11/11/2013 1:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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I do like him, but perhaps it's time for him to retire...

346 days ago


Bad dad bad American that religion he's part of I a cult and has turned him into a loony

346 days ago


Typical TMZ - shoddy reporting - create hype - then act like you're doing a favor with breaking story reporting the truth

346 days ago


The damage to his reputation is already done. TMZ: you jumped the gun on this story and you owe him an apology.

to everyone else, never joke around in a deposition. It does not come off well.

346 days ago


Sounds like Tom's lawyers had a little talk with TMZ.

346 days ago


We ALL know Tom Cruise did NOT say that. It was you fools at TMZ who wanted to take advantage of a story using shoddy journalism tactics.

346 days ago

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

Stop while you can Tom.

346 days ago


The only movie I ever like Tom Cruise in was his first one where he did that dance number.

346 days ago


WOW, after slandering him all day long yesterday, and despite the rest of the media reporting the truth, TMZ acts like they just discovered some "news". You people are pathetic slugs!

346 days ago


I hope Tom Cruise sues your pathetic asses off. You people at TMZ are disgusting lowlife pieces of dirt, and I mean that in the most serious way.

346 days ago


So what he meant was being away from his family when he compared th two?? Even so that's not fair! He has the means to fly his family to see him anytime anywhere! He's still arrogant!

346 days ago


Long story short. He wouldn't be in this mess, if he had just stfu and left the tabloids alone. They don't always get it right, but when they do? It's what keeps them in business today. How come the Enquirer aren't sued for everything they got by now, if all they wrote were lies??? Come on people.CNN and TMZ get most of their tips from the Tabloids. Tom deserves exactly what he is getting. He should have just moved on.

346 days ago


Backpedal much TMZ? You were ALL OVER IT.

346 days ago


It's sad that Tom Cruise became a brainwashed psycho. He could have been a perfectly happy gay dude. Instead he decided to pray to Xenu and now he's a delusional freak who tries to find love and happiness where it doesn't exist. Another victim of Ron Hubbard.

346 days ago


No matter what this guy is a little creep who thinks he is above everyone else!!!

346 days ago
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