Even Hollywood has a problem with Tom Cruise’s latest offensive comments. The actor compared his days shooting movies on set to serving as a soldier in Afghanistan, and the comments, issued last year, recently surfaced in the deposition related to his current $50 million lawsuit against the publisher of Life & Style and In Touch magazine. Cruise has been widely slammed for his Afghanistan soldier comments, but Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg has become the first celebrity to publicly criticize the actor.
When asked by a lawyer if Cruise was aware his counsel had “equated your absence from [daughter] Suri…to someone fighting in Afghanistan,” the actor reportedly said: “That’s what it feels like. And certainly, on this last movie, it was brutal.” During a premiere of his new film Lone Survivor, Wahlberg blasted the offensive soldier comments and said no actor should compare themselves to someone serving in Afghanistan.
“For actors to sit there and talk about, ‘Oh, I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the…I don’t give a f--- what you did. You don’t do what these guys did,” Wahlberg said. “For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military’s. How f*cking dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours. You get to go home at the end of the day…you get to order f---ing chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the f--- it is.”
Wahlberg later apologized during the premiere for “losing my s---,” but appeared to stand by his comments. Cruise has not publicly responded to his fellow actor’s criticism. His lawyer, Bert Fields, has denied that any offensive comparisons were made. He said that Cruise initially answered the Afghanistan soldier question by saying, “Oh, come on.” Fields said that clearly means “of course not.”
The deposition transcripts also show that Cruise claimed his job is more physically demanding than that of an Olympian. “A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day,” he said. “When I’m shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day.”
Deposition transcripts also reveal that despite his denial of ever abandoning Suri, which is the basis of his current $50 million label lawsuit, Cruise did admit to being away from her for 110 days after his divorce to Katie Holmes. In the first five months of the split, he only saw Suri for a total of 10 days. However, the actor said he maintained regular contact with her through phone calls and continued to e-mail Holmes about their daughter’s progress.