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No, I did not diss Tom Cruise, says Mark Wahlberg

Posted by Rachel Raczka  November 14, 2013 10:10 AM

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Mark Wahlberg recently made headlines after going off on a rant during a panel for his new film "Lone Survivor" at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles earlier this week. The Dorchester-native slammed actors who compared their film training regimens to the work of those in the military.

For actors to sit there and talk about, 'Oh I went to SEAL training'? I don't give a [expletive] what you did. You don't do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military? How [expletive] dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours ... You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room.

The 42-year-old actor plays former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in Peter Berg's upcoming adaptation of the novel of the same title.

Wahlberg's remarks sparked rumors that his rant was specifically directed at Tom Cruise, who stirred up controversy when an alleged remark pegging the actor as comparing his work to fighting in Afghanistan went public.

According to Business Insider, "Cruise said that being away from his young daughter for a long movie shoot was like 'serving in Afghanistan.'" However, the statement was quickly debunked.

So was Wahlberg slamming Cruise in his rant?

Not so much, says Wahlberg.

TMZ's camera crew caught the "Ted" actor on the street following the AFI appearance and he cleared up the confusion:

I didn't know it was Tom Cruise who said that, someone just mentioned that people were comparing that. I love Tom Cruise, he's a great actor. I have the utmost respect for Tom Cruise. I have the utmost respect for military guys, so it's unfair for anyone to comment on that.

Well, that settles that. Sort of.

"Long Survivor" documents the ill-fated Afghanistan mission Operation Red Wings in 2005 and co-stars Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch. It is due in select theaters Dec. 27, and nationwide Jan. 10, 2014.

 

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