Tom Cruise's Latest Gaffe Should Enrage Soldiers

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Tom CruiseThe worst thing in the world Tom Cruise could have done is sue a publisher for saying he "abandoned" his daughter Suri after his divorce from Katie Holmes. While it's true that no father wants to be thought of as having abandoned his daughter, and Tom has a right to feel outraged, the reality is that that headline was long forgotten. It had faded into celebrity gossip ether. No one, except maybe Tom, remembered it.

But now Tom has been grilled by lawyers and forced to answer all kinds of questions about his parenting, and all of that new stuff is making the rounds, and it's not even gossip. It's coming straight from the Scientologist's mouth. And much of it hasn't been so flattering. Like the fact that Tom admits that one of the reasons Katie put forth for divorcing Tom was to get Suri out of Scientology. That was bad enough. Now comes this new tidbit: Tom says that filming movies is just like a soldier serving in Afghanistan! WHAT?

TMZ reports that in his deposition, Tom said that filming his last movie was a total CHORE. In fact, it was much like serving in the war. He reportedly said:

That's what it feels like [serving in Afghanistan]. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal. There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film.

OMG, Tom, are you for real? While preparing for a movie might be physically taxing and involve long hours, it's not exactly serving in the trenches! You've got a luxurious trailer. There are people catering to your every need. You've got hair, makeup, wardrobe. You've got whatever kind of food your heart desires. You've got five-star hotels. Private jets. You've got people to rub your feet and neck and give you an "audit" if you need it. Plus, you get paid like a gazillion dollars for all that hard work!

And, most importantly, no one is trying to blow you to smithereens! Very doubtful you will come back from a movie set missing an eye or leg or suffering from PTSD.

Tom, the best thing you could do for yourself right now is stop this lawsuit and keep yer yap shut.

Do you think Tom was out of line?

Update: Some media outlets are reporting that Cruise's words were taken out of context. According to CCN, Cruise's lawyer did compare his working overseas on movies to being in the military, because his lawyer was trying to make the point that parents who have to spend long periods of time away from home aren't necessarily "abandoning" their kids. Cruise then said that filming his last movie "felt" like being in Afghanistan because it was "brutal" but then pressed as to whether he equated making movies with serving in Afghanistan, he said, "Oh come on. You know, we're making a movie." Better? You be the judge.


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Elaine Cox

Love yourself a lil too much,tom

adamat34 adamat34

Hes coo coo for cocoa puffs.......

Good for his three wives for divorcing him....what a loony toon.

zmont... zmontague

Tom Cruise is a fucking idiot and should appologize for that ridiculous comment.

nonmember avatar cogboy


That comment was spliced together from two different answers. "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal." was Cruise's response to being asked about his attorney, Bert Fields's initial statement that Cruise's being away from Suri for extended periods was like being in Afghanistan. Cruise simply agreed that the hardship of that separation was like being away at war. It appears at the bottom of page 173 of the deposition.

The "There is difficult physical stamina..." quote actually comes from a completely different question concerning Cruise's responsibilities on a film set. That line appears on page 148 of the deposition. Pretty misleading and probably actionable in a court of law!

I guess it is easy to get caught up in quoting TMZ and not actually bothering to read for yourself but it leads to some very sloppy journalism and inadvertently validates precisely the point Cruise is trying to make. I agree that he should have let this accusation fade but I would not be disappointed if he came after media outlets for having spread disinformation that is so easily checked.

Dawn MacRae

He's an asshole being hot weather, in the desert away from family not knowing if your gonna make it home alive. Tom is a DOUCHBAGGGG

Pam Shumate

Are you kidding me???!!!! My son has served in the US Navy for over 15 years now. That means 15+ years of wondering every single day if a chaplain is going to come knocking on my door. And my stress is nothing compared to his. Shame on you Tom Cruise. I double dog dare you to come say that to my face.

Cheryl Root

Read the transcripts people. As usual the Stir likes stirring the pot and printing things taken out of context. Responsible journalism doesn't happen here.

nonmember avatar Lauren

Who cares what he says? Posting this is feeding

his ego. Everyone knows serving your country is the most respectable and honorable hard work any one could attempt to do. Him saying this should be an eye roll and a laugh; not a poorly written ranting article. Poor your energy and comments into positive messages for our troops and their families, not feeding into this.

Tina Potash

WHAT A ARROGANT ASS !!! How does playing a part in a movie which by the way hes getting paid Millions for compare to being a Soldier period; even a Soldier who is not deployed. I will NOT spend one cent on any movie he is in and I would hope that others would join me until that arrogant JERK makes a nice Large Donation to the VA without claiming it on his taxes

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