He’s not only nuts, he’s offensive. Tom Cruise believes his job of pretending to be a tough guy is harder than dying for your country in Afghanistan. He also thinks he trains harder than Olympic athletes.
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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.”
As 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.”
But 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.”
Maybe Tom Cruise should apologize to the families of these fallen heroes in the conflict in Afghanistan. And apologize to all the troops for demeaning their service by comparing it to the machinations of a pointless, silly, self-important actor.
This combo shows the 30 troops killed in a helicopter downing in Afghanistan on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. The Pentagon on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 identified the Americans as 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs, five Naval Special Warfare personnel who support the SEALs, three Air Force Special Operations personnel and an Army helicopter crew of five. (AP Photo)
Hat tip: Melissa