Shoot! Tom Cruise Trained For War In Afghanistan At The Scientology Bootcamp?
WHEN Tom Cruise reportedly said acting acting was as hard as fighting a war in Afghanistan, eyebrows were raised. Cruise’s statement formed part of his deposition in his $50million defamation lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines for allegedly claiming he’d abandoned his daughter Suri Cruise.
Page 173 of the documents features the exchange:
Q: Now, your counsel has publicly equated your absence from Suri for these extended periods of time as being analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan. Are you aware of that?
MR FIELDS; Object to the form of the question
Q: Yeah, you can answer
TC: I didn’t hear the Afghanistan, but that’s what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal
Of course Cruise is right. Fighting in Afghanistan is just about flying radio control planes loaded with bombs and smoking drugs. Just ask Obama. Acting is pretending to shoot people in the face.
Of course, that’s not right. But what did the soldiers on the Army Rumour Service make of it?
Biscuits AB: “None of you flew F14s with ‘The Goose’ at Miramar, so wind your necks in.”
SOI: “The shortarse should stick to flying F-14’s and riding Kelly McGillis”
Subsunk: Well, this doesn’t take anything away from his stunning performance in ‘Cocktail.'”
Tankiebootneck: “If I remember, he is a bit of a shortarse and couldn’t reach the armed forces height criteria. A bit like Alan Ladd in ‘The Red Beret’.”
Update: Bert Fields, Tom’s attorney, says it’s all out of context: “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.'”
Or maybe Tom means acting is like Scientology War?
Maybe Tom went to boot camp?