Tom Cruise under fire for comparing acting to serving in Afghanistan


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Tom Cruise compared the rigors of his acting responsibilities to a soldier fighting for his life in Afghanistan, according to legal documents quoted by TMZ on Friday.

Cruise is suing Life and Style magazine for $50 million for reporting that he abandoned his daughter, Suri, while filming, according to the New York Daily News. Call it “movie neglect.”

According to TMZ:

“Tom says his location shoots are like serving a tour in Afghanistan, “That’s what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.” As for 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 day after day, after day.”

It’s hard to believe anyone, especially a judge, would swallow the assertion that a man can’t be a father while preparing for a movie role. But Cruise had another great point to make: He doesn’t need to spend quality time with his daughter the way others would. TMZ reported:

“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. “I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it.”

We do, too, Tom. We do, too.

UPDATE 11/10:  Journalist Jake Tapper followed up with Cruise on TMZ’s controversial story and wrote the following in a post to clarify what was actually said by the actor.

The comments come in a section of the deposition where Cruise is being asked about time he has spent away from daughter Suri, either because of film or other commitments.

“Now your counsel has publicly equated your absence from Suri for these extended periods of time as being analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan,” opposing counsel asks him. “Are you aware of that?”

“I didn’t hear the Afghanistan,” Cruise replies. “That’s what it feels like and certainly on this last movie it was brutal. it was brutal.”

“Do you believe that the situations are the same?” Cruise is asked.

“Oh come on,” Cruise says, “you know, we’re making a movie.”

Cruise’s attorney, Bert Fields, tells CNN in a statement, “Headlines stating he equated his job with those in the military are demonstrably false. They are a distortion of what is provable and on the record.”

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9 thoughts on “Tom Cruise under fire for comparing acting to serving in Afghanistan

  1. OldmanRick says:

    It seems Tom is moving to La La Land after he buys a unicorn.

  2. fanciladi says:

    Tom and other actors seem SO full of themselves. He has NO CLUE what it is to serve in the Military!

    Shortcuts in his relationship with his daughter???? What a jerk!!!

  3. Shelby Metter says:

    It’s because he suffers from Short Man Syndrome

  4. ilene smith says:

    this guy is a joke…won’t be watching HIS stuff anymore…he’s embarrassing to even hear about

  5. disqus_7w6NyWKyn7 says:

    I stopped watching his movies and any talk show interviews for years now. Are there people that still watch him?!

  6. aimhigh1 says:

    Then we should pay our soldiers as much as he makes!!!

  7. Carolyn VanZorge says:

    tom is such a pathetic LITTLE loser

  8. Navy VeteranCPO says:

    Hmm, time away form his children. You are talking about Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. I am a former Sailor. Wonder how you would feel about being deployed, on a ship, for 9 months away from your kid. It is in no way as brutal as fighting in Afghanistan, but your ass would not be able to take it.
    A movie shoot is the equivalent of a tour in Afghanistan? Come on. With the amount of money he makes couldn’t he just fly his kid to the set and be with him? Is that Marine over in Afghanistan able to put their kid on a plane and, between battles, be with them?
    He says this has all been taken out of context. If this is true, he should come out and explain why it was then donate his time and some of his millions to help the military.
    It is sad that in this day and age there is only one Hollywood celebrity, that I can think of off the top of my head, that advocates on behalf of the military and helps wounded veterans; Gary Sinise. Bet you can name at least 5 Hollywood celebrities, off the top of your head, who speak out against the military.

  9. Joe A Bad Saint says:

    What a schmuck!

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