The star did not, in fact, make the controversial statement.
Despite some recent tabloid reports, Tom Cruise did not compare being away filming a movie to the jobs of soldiers in Afghanistan. Cruise was accused of making the blunder while giving a deposition in his $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that claimed the actor abandoned daughter Suri. His lawyer, Bert Fields released a statement clarifying his client’s words.
Tom Cruise did not compare his work to serving in Afghanistan.
"Tom Cruise has resisted suing the tabloids for years but has always drawn the line when it comes to lies about his family - which is solely what the current legal case is about,” Fields stated, via USA Today. “Headlines stating he equated his job with those in the military are demonstrably false. They are a distortion of what is provable and on the record. Certain websites have published only a part of the proceedings misleadingly selected by the defendant Bauer Publishing.”
Cruise's lawyer defended his client in an official statement.
The statement goes on to repeat Cruise’s exact words on the topic: “What the excerpts leave out is the part where Tom was asked the question point blank 'do you believe the situations (being in a movie and fighting a war in Afghanistan) are the same? and his immediate response was 'oh come on!' Meaning - of course not. Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and does not feel that making a movie is even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan and said so in plain English.”
According to the written deposition, when asked whether working away from daughter Suri was comparable to making a movie, Cruise replied with: “Oh come on. You know, we’re making a movie.”
The reports caused mild outrage online.