Tom Cruise did not equate the rigors of acting with combat in Afghanistan. A quote, which was posted last week on TMZ.com, was taken out of context from a deposition in a lawsuit against a tabloid publisher, according to reporting by CNN's Jake Tapper.
Cruise attorney Aaron J. Moss had objected to Bauer Media saying overseas work commitments made Cruise break a promise to daughter Suri. "By your reasoning," Moss told Bauer, "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."
In the deposition, Bauer's attorney told Cruise that Moss "equated your absence from Suri . . . as being analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan. Are you aware of that?"
"I didn't hear the Afghanistan," Cruise answered. "That's what it feels like and certainly on this last movie it was brutal. It was brutal."
The TMZ quote ends there. However, the passage continues with the attorney asking, "Do you believe that the situations are the same?"
"Oh come on," Cruise said, "you know, we're making a movie."