Tom Cruise Afghanistan Soldier Comparison to Acting Didn't Happen

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 02:12 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Tom Cruise did not compare acting and shooting a movie to serving in Afghanistan, despite rampant tabloid reports and vicious Twitter criticism.

TMZ reported Friday that Cruise made the comparison in a recent deposition for his $50 million libel lawsuit against magazine publisher Bauer Media. Cruise is accusing Bauer-run magazines Life & Style and In Touch of defamation for running stories that claimed he abandoned his daughter Suri when he and Katie Holmes were going through their divorce last year.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

"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," TMZ reported. "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.'"

Twitter users immediately fed into the story.















But it turns out TMZ reported Cruise's quote out of context. In reality, the actor was talking about how hard it is for a parent to be away from his or her kids.

The Afghanistan reference originated from a letter that Cruise's attorney sent Bauer's lawyers refuting the magazines' claims that Cruise was an absentee father.

"But the truth, as you know, is that Mr. Cruise is a devoted father, who simply happens to be working in London on film," the letter read. "By your reasoning, any actor who is shooting on location in a foreign country could be charged with child abandonment, as could all of the mothers and fathers serving overseas in the military."

The issue was then revisited during the deposition. Here's an excerpt:

"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."

Bert Fields, another one of Cruise's lawyers, told TMZ Monday that his client's "oh, come on" response clearly means "of course not."

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:
 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved