Couch jumping Tom Cruise has made a lot of controversial statements, but he did not liken filming a movie to fighting in Afghanistan in a recent deposition -- despite media reports to the contrary.
TMZ and other gossip sites mocked the actor for claiming his acting job was akin to being a soldier who is forced to be away from his family, but the "Oblivion" star was never directly quoted.
According to myth busting website Snopes, "Cruise [was] asked about his lawyer's equating of his absence from Suri to that of a soldier's absence from his family while fighting in Afghanistan. 'I didn't hear the Afghanistan [comment], but that's what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal,' Cruise [said]."
But that's a far cry from Cruise figuratively putting himself into the army boots of a combat soldier.
TMZ likely took the comment out of context when it posted: "First, the Middle East -- Tom says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan." The celebrity website suspiciously placed only this snippet from Cruise in quote marks: "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal."
The deposition was part of a $50 million libel suit Cruise filed against a tabloid publisher who printed sensational front page stories about the Scientologist abandoning his daughter Suri after his divorce from her mother, Katie Holmes.
The man with the million dollar smile is not the first celebrity to be quoted out of context.
In her memoir "My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper," Gabrielle Reece wrote, "To truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and -- look out, here it comes -- submissive." The Olympic volleyball player later told Celebrity Baby Scoop the comment was part of a larger message.
"I have developed into an alpha-female, and I wanted to discuss what happens when you're taught, and none of us are, about co-habitation with an alpha-male," she explained. "How do the roles get split up? People may say, 'Equally!' and to this I have to say, 'Either you're twenty and have never had kids, or maybe you're in a same-sex relationship.' Even in that situation, I believe that one person takes on the female energy and one person takes on the male energy."
Michael Douglas allegedly dished to GQ in 2006, "I don't know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina. I mean, how long is that going to last?" He later denied saying it, but the magazine stood by its story -- even though the reporter had not captured the comment on tape. It is possible she concocted the quote or took the comment out of context.
A firestorm erupted when Jillian Michaels told Women's Health magazine, "I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that (getting pregnant) to my body." But mommy blogger Isabel Kallman defended the buff fitness guru, asserting she was not referring to gaining weight from pregnancy.
"She was then asked 'why not pregnancy?' Kallman wrote in Alpha Mom after interviewing "The Biggest Loser" star about the controversial quote. "Jillian says she answered that 'there are many personal reasons,' and when pressed conceded that her overweight issues from childhood could be one of many reasons. She didn't answer the question directly, because (as Jillian told me) she was panicking, not entirely sure she even wanted to answer such a personal question (which includes a now-public medical history of endometriosis and polycystic ovaries)."
Meanwhile, Russell Crowe was mortified when Contact Music quoted him maligning his former movie co-star Sharon Stone. "A lot seems to have changed (about Stone's appearance). When are you not you any more? At what point do you have to get a name change too? You can end up looking like a startled chimpanzee. The eyes are gone, the lips are like rubber tyres -- or more like an orang-utan that has been kicked in the a**e."
Alas, they failed to clarify what Crowe really meant so we can only guess he finds startled primates sexy.
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