Tom Cruise's lawyer has defended his client over allegations that the film star considers aspects of his career as gruelling as fighting in Afghanistan.
The alleged comments come after RadarOnline published documents from a court deposition where Cruise reportedly said his location shoots "feel like" touring Afghanistan.
It is mentioned that the actor’s lawyers had likened his time filming on location to serving in Afghanistan.
Cruise responds: “I didn’t hear the Afghanistan [part], but that’s what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie [Edge Of Tomorrow], it was brutal. It was brutal.”
In a statement to People magazine, Bert Fields, Cruise's attorney said: "The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record. What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes, 'that's what it feels like'."
Fields adds that an unreleased video of legal proceedings show that he was not serious over comments that his acting career could be as tough as a soldiers.
"As the video shows, he and the lawyer were laughing at his answer, and, when asked in the next question if the situations were comparable, Tom said, “Oh, come on,” meaning of course not,'" the attorney states.
In the same deposition, Cruise denied claims that he “abandoned” his daughter Suri following his divorce from Katie Holmes.
In a court filing to support his $50m (£31m) defamation case against magazine publisher Bauer, he wrote: “I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise.”
The legal action relates to stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines, which claimed Cruise's overseas film shoots meant he was absent from his daughter's life.
The actor's lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it didn't have any sources to support its claims.
Bauer argues that a judge should reject Cruise's motion, citing statements from confidential sources that allegedly support their magazines' claims.