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Mark Wahlberg bashes actors who say acting is harder than being a soldier

Director Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell and Mark Wahlberg in Hollywood on Tuesday night.

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Director Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell and Mark Wahlberg in Hollywood on Tuesday night.



Mark Wahlberg launched his own attack on self-absorbed Hollywood types while promoting his new movie Lone Survivor, and while he didn't mention Tom Cruise comparing acting to serving in Afghanistan by name, we all can read between the lines. Mind you, Cruise's comments have been clarified to show he said nothing of the sort, but people need you to read their stuff to make money, y'know.

Wahlberg went off at an L.A. screening for the movie Tuesday, saying Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL Wahlberg plays in the movie, had suffered and sacrificed in Afghanistan more than anyone will know -- certainly more than any actor. Somebody asked Mark if shooting the film was anything like fighting in the war in terms of difficulty, said. Stand back for that one.

“I don’t know it just hit me in a way that uh … I don’t know, it just really upset me that those guys were never gonna see their families again," Wahlberg said. "For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the — I don’t give a f--- what you did. You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military’s. How f---ing dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours. ...

“I don’t give a s--- if you get your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f---ing chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the f--- it is."

The Wrap says Wahlberg was possibly referring to TMZ's story on Nov. 8 (corrected on Nov. 11) that Cruise had compared shooting movies to going to war in terms of diffculty. The Juice* shared that story, and for that, we have to apologize, because now it seems TMZ wasn't telling the whole story.

CNN's Jake Tapper clarified over the weekend that during the Sept. 9 deposition the lawyer for Bauer Media was trying to pin Cruise down on how much he had been working. Cruise is suing Bauer for saying he abandoned his daughter when Katie Holmes left him.

"Now your counsel has publicly equated your absence from Suri for these extended periods of time as being analogous to someone fighting in Afghanistan," the lawyer asked. "Are you aware of that?"

Cruise replied, "I didn't hear the Afghanistan. That's what it feels like and certainly on this last movie it was brutal. it was brutal." The lawyer then asks, "Do you believe that the situations are the same?"

Instead of saying yes, they are the same, Cruise says exactly the opposite: "Oh come on, you know, we're making a movie."

So hey, Tom, we apologize for making you look bad, the same way everyone else did. We don't know if Mark was referrring to Cruise or not, but he shouldn't have been. Meanwhile Lone Survivor, based on the true story of three SEALs on a mission in Afghanistan, sounds like an awesome movie.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:21pm]


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