It isn’t easy being Tom Cruise. According to the actor, shooting a movie is comparable to fighting in Afghanistan.
The New York Daily News obtained legal papers in which Cruise, while speaking to a lawyer during his $50 million defamation case against Life & Style and In Touch magazines, compared his time away from his daughter Suri while on the movie set to a soldier’s tour in Afghanistan.
“That’s what it feels like,” Cruise maintained. “And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.”
Cruise filed the 2012 case after the magazines printed cover stories claiming he had abandoned Suri.
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One of Cruise’s lawyers, Bert Fields, who filmed the statement, wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News: “The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record.”
“What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes ‘that’s what it feels like.’”
TMZ also obtained Cruise’s court documents. The metaphors continue with Cruise comparing making a movie to completing Olympic training.
“There is difficult physical stamina and preparation,” he said. “Sometimes I’ve spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film.”
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“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.”
Actor, Scientologist, and now soldier and Olympian… there is clearly no Mission too Impossible for this big screen veteran.