Did you happen to hear about how Tom Cruise compared his job to being a soldier in Afghanistan? As in, his job of being an actor. He reportedly shared this jaw-dropping comparison during the deposition for his libel suit against Life & Style, saying that being on location for his movies is so difficult, it's like serving a military tour in Afghanistan. He added that his work is also more physically taxing than that of an Olympic athlete.
If you're rolling your eyes so far back in your head you can actually see your own brain stem, you have a kindred soul in Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg was recently asked about his training for Lone Survivor, his Navy SEAL movie that's coming out on December 27, and his response was not only ... ahhh, "spirited" ... I'm guessing it was also aimed at least partially at Tom Cruise's inflated ego.
During Cruise's deposition, here's what he said about filming on location:
That's what it feels like [serving in Afghanistan]. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.
Now, to give him a little credit, I don't think he meant that the job itself was like serving in a war. He was asked if he agreed with his lawyer's statement that being away from Suri for extended periods of time was "analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan." Stupid comparison on the lawyer's part, but I'm guessing Cruise was just trying to agree that it sucks to be apart from his daughter for months at a time.
Of course, Cruise went on to sound even more obnoxious with the following statement:
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.
I'll give him that he's always been an impressively dedicated on-screen runner:
But still, what a douchebag.
Anyway, Mark Wahlberg didn't specifically address Tom Cruise in his fired-up response about training to portray a SEAL, but I'm thinking there's a pretty good chance he's been made aware of the Afghanistan Comparison:
I don’t give a fuck what you did, you don’t do what these guys do. If you sit there and say, ‘My job is as difficult as someone in the military,’ how fuckin’ dare you! While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours. I don’t give a shit if you’re getting your ass busted, you get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room, and you get to order your fucking chicken.
PREACH, brother. Even if Cruise's comment was taken out of context, there's really no excuse for saying that your multimillion-dollar acting gig is anything at all like being a soldier. That was just beyond idiotic, and I hope Cruise is embarrassed as hell about it.
PS: I'd love to hear Usain Bolt's take on the Olympics comparison.
What do you think about Mark Wahlberg's angry comments?
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