TMZ accused Tom Cruise of comparing filming a movie to a tour in Afghanistan, and the actor has been denying the claims.
The accusations were put together from court documents from a libel suit against a publishing company that alleged that Cruise abandoned his daughter after the divorce from ex-wife and actress Katie Holmes.
According to the gossip rag, Cruise said in regards to the Afghanistan comparison:
“That’s what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.”
It turns out that’s not exactly what was going on. Cruise’s comments were reportedly taken out of context, and when you look at the entire exchange, it paints a very different picture.
Here’s the relevant exchange with Cruise:
“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.”
Essentially, Cruise was saying that making a movie is difficult, but not the same as serving in the military, but when taken out of context, it makes it seem as if he’s completely out of touch with reality.
So, there you have it, Tom Cruise doesn’t think acting is the same as war. You can go about your day now.
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