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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 05:31 PM

Tom Cruise did not make widely reported claim that acting is as tough as combat

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - The headlines have irritated and outraged veterans and service members and their families around the world.

"Tom Cruise: making movies is like serving in Afghanistan," said one of the headlines buzzing around social media and patriotic websites this weekend.

One problem: that's not quite what he said.


Moss took issue with a magazine headline referring to Cruise having broken a promise to attend his daughter's first day of school. "But the truth, as you know, is that Mr. Cruise is a devoted father, who simply happens to be working in London on film. By your reasoning, any actor who is shooting on location in a foreign country could be charged with child abandonment, as could all of the mothers and fathers serving overseas in the military."

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," Cruise replies. "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."

full: http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/09/tom-cruise-did-not-make-widely-reported-claim-that-acting-is-as-tough-as-combat/

typical sensationalist media.

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