Tom Cruise's recent "acting is as hard as being a military soldier in Afghanistan" statement has gotten the Internet and social media in an uproar. It seems the actor believes he has a pretty difficult job as he claimed, in writing, that his job as an actor was just as hard as a soldier deployed in Afghanistan.
If you're having a hard time wrapping your head around Tom Cruise's ridiculous Afghanistan military soldier vs. actors comparison, don't worry — you're not alone. The entire Internet has found it pretty shocking. The comparison seems particularly surprising at it arrives on Veteran's Day weekend.
So let's backtrack a minute. Why in the world would Tom Cruise make such a ridiculous comparison between a combat soldier in Afghanistan and his job as an actor?
It seems the 51-year-old Mission Impossible star recently sat for a deposition in a $50 million libel suit case he's launched against Bauer Publishing. The publication printed two stories after Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced indicating that the actor had "abandoned" his daughter Suri. To combat the allegations, Tom Cruise likened his career as an actor to that of a deployed military soldier serving a tour in Afghanistan. In the deposition, Tom Cruise was recorded saying that acting was just as hard as being a military soldier because it often prevented him from seeing his daughter when he wished.
"That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal," stated Tom Cruise.
Yep, Tom. You've definitely been drinking too much of the Kool-Aid, my friend.
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Though Tom Cruise has certainly been in a number of movies that may have tested his physical aptitude, and he did act as Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a Naval pilot aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, in his hit movie Top Gun, it would be quite a stretch for anyone to say his job and the job of a soldier deployed in Afghanistan during an actual war — sans props and multi-million dollar pay — are anything alike. But in the mind of Tom Cruise, acting and being a soldier are equally as difficult.
"There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film. 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."
What was most ridiculous about the whole "Tom Cruse thinks being an actor is as hard as being a soldier in Afghanistan," statement is, well, basically everything. Within the same deposition, the multi-millionaire also admitted that he flies almost exclusively on private jets. You know, cause that's what all those war heroes and Afghanistan veterans are doing too, right? Aren't they all flying home, at will, in private jets? According to Tom Cruise, the reason he does this is, "generally its easier, yes ... it does save - it does save time ... sometimes the flight itself is longer if you have, you know...but yeah, it's better. It's much more comfortable."
Yes Tom, I'm sure those soldiers, being shot at on Afghan soil only later to return home with hundreds of guys crammed into a military cargo plane, 5 to a row, would agree.
It seems that those on social-media sites like Twitter who read the ridiculous Tom Cruise Afghanastan statement were not only shocked but pretty darned offended. Take a look at a few of the comments that have emerged in response to Tom Cruise's actors vs. soldiers comparison.
A recent blog post by CNN's Jake Tapper reveals Tom Cruise's statements may have been taken out of context. According to the blog post,
"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 part ...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.'
Twitter Reactions To Tom Cruise Afghanistan Comparison
— Trained2Survive (@PeterMense) November 9, 2013
— Mike Murray (@emmeffemm) November 9, 2013
Tom Cruise compares the hardships of making a movie with those of a soldier in Afghanistan. He doesn't deserve a hashtag. — Mike Wallach (@damnbikefool) November 9, 2013
@Tom Cruise You would not last five minutes in Afghanistan. As a Marine Mom I find your comment deeply offensive and thoughtless!
— anne jones (@annejones1012) November 9, 2013
Tom Cruise: My work as an actor is as hard as fighting in Afghanistan http://t.co/b858k5150H | Narcissistic PIG! — Patrick J. Runcie (@macandlinuxuser) November 9, 2013
Somebody Knock Him Upside his Head -> Tom Cruise: My Job's As Hard As Fighting In Afghanistan TMZ http://t.co/itvXknx1Ja via @TMZ — Boo (@P4tR10tBoo) November 9, 2013
— janet schmidt (@bebe2004) November 9, 2013
#OnceTheWebsiteIsWorking Tom Cruise will head to Afghanistan to fight alongside our brave soldiers he just dissed. #RESPECT #BlessThem — Liberty Belle :) (@CarlaLiberty) November 9, 2013
— cuevas (@ILcon91) November 9, 2013
Tom Cruise, You're a complete Moron!... http://t.co/T7NYl57MeS — Ina Llewop (@o2bme_now) November 9, 2013
Tom Cruise... Never EVER compare yourself to a soldier fighting in Afghanistan.. EVER.
— Braden Bacha (@Braden_Bacha) November 9, 2013
What an Idiot. @DaltonFuryBooks: Actor Tom Cruise says that his job is harder than fighting in Afghanistan - http://t.co/t47Jx3gXml" — Paige (@Turnthepaige324) November 9, 2013
...hey Mr Dumba$ nothing you do will ever compare to what real soldiers endure in Afghanistan. http://t.co/UWjcSF52Ah
— Rob Anspach (@robanspach) November 9, 2013
Screw you Tom Cruise! You'd piss your tiny self in Afghanistan! — Rollie Guinn (@rollieguinn) November 9, 2013
Sounds like he needs to take his happy ass to Afghanistan and strap on the gear for a month and see if he comes... http://t.co/oZqETFRlFl
— Locked and Loaded (@Locked_Loaded) November 9, 2013
@TomCruise I promise you that your life and career cannot possibly stand up to the 12 months I spent in Afghanistan. Poor analogy choice. — Jeffrey (@midwestjeffITF) November 9, 2013
— Maria Angelique (@M_Angelique27) November 9, 2013
I think Tom Cruise's brain has finally melted. http://t.co/nwpnhqxjZk #brain_on_scientology — DJ DeSpain (@DJ_DeSpain) November 9, 2013
Absolutely Ridiculous!!! I propose all Vets boycott this fool!!! EVERYONE SHARE THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS DISGRACE!!!! http://t.co/tYnePiLqxh
— Dan (@marine1721) November 9, 2013