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Tom Cruise admits Katie Holmes divorced him in part over Scientology, says movies are like serving in Afghanistan

Making $20 million per picture is so difficult, I can't be bothered with my children.

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Making $20 million per picture is so difficult, I can't be bothered with my children.

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Details from Tom Cruise's deposition in his $50 million libel suit against Bauer Media continues to pay dividends for gossip pages like this one. Not only was his relationship withdaughter Suri scrutinized, he finally admitted Scientology was a factor in Katie Holmes filing for divorce. Big surprise, right?

While he didn't exactly say Katie left him because of the church, the media company's lawyer flat-out asked him whether "Katie Holmes left you in part to protect Suri from Scientology." Cruise's response, according to TMZ: "Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."

But what also is fascinating is Cruise's assertion that shooting one of his films is like serving in Afghanistan. "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal," Cruise said. He also said he spends oodles of time getting ready physically.

"There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film," he said. "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."

Cruise sued Bauer after the In Touch Weekly and Life & Style publisher printed stories saying Cruise had abandoned his daughter. In the deposition, taken Sept. 9, Cruise admits to only seeing Suri for about 10 days since the divorce, which is cool, because he talks to his kid on the phone all the time, telling her all sorts of stories about his adventures without them.

"I've gotten very good at it," he said. "I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it." We can totally see that. Hey dad, can you tell us the one about the absentee father called out for his potential bad parenting and then suing the magazines that wrote about it? That's our favorite.

[Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 5:09pm]

    

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