It is a well known fact that Tom Cruise is very much full of himself, his arrogance and self importance are on display at all times for all to see. He revels in himself. He may have gone a bridge to far recently though.
In his deposition for his $50 million lawsuit against a magazine publisher who accused him of having abandoned his daughter Suri, Cruise made statements that are way over the top, even for someone of his extreme vanity.
In his statement Cruise likened location shooting in the Mid East (something that he doesn’t seem to have ever done) to actually serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan saying, “That’s what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.”
Yes, poor Tom was facing great danger from hostile forces in such locations as Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Iceland, much like the troops on deployment in Afghanistan. One has to wonder how that claim would play out if it were made in a Marine barracks in front of combat veterans just back from Afghanistan.
Not satisfied with insulting our combat veterans Cruise also thought it would be nice to insult Olympic athletes who train all day every day, for years to win a coveted spot on the Olympic team. He made the outrageous claim that he trains harder and is better conditioned than they are as well, saying in his deposition, “There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I’ve spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film.” He adds, “A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I’m shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day.”
Of course these are not the only hardships poor Tom has had to endure, once in the last four years he found himself in a position where he had no choice and was forced to actually take a commercial flight — oh the horror!
But he says in the end enduring these hardships is worth all of the anguish because it has given him the skills he needs to be a better father, from a distance, to his daughter. Explaining why he does not need to be physically near her to be a good father he says, “I’ve gotten very good at [talking on the phone]. I’ve gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it.”
No one is surprised when a big Hollywood star seems to be disconnected from the real world, they make their living in a fantasy world, but few have ever displayed the kind of hubris that Cruise does on a regular basis and when he goes so far as to liken what he does to what a soldier in combat experiences or his physical prowess to that of an Olympic athlete he has gone way too far.