In his latest film, "Lone Survivor," Mark Wahlberg plays a Navy SEAL.
In 2012 he visited several soldiers in a surprise trip to Afghanistan. But Wahlberg - who plays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in his latest flick - doesn't buy what Tom Cruise is selling.
"You get to go home at the end of the day," Mr Wahlberg said, speaking to how actors have it easy compared to what our troops have to do.
"I don't give a shit if you get your ass busted," he said during a Q&A after the flick. "You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f*cking chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the f**k it is!"
The only similarity, Mr Wahlberg said, was bonding with his fellow actors - Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch - whom he calls "brothers" in the similar way that servicemen and women are able to bond during their tours.
Mark Wahlberg's response to a statement from actor Tom Cruise - who touched a lot of nerves when it was reported that he believes his job as a professional actor is as grueling as fighting the war in Afghanistan - is not uncharacteristic for Mark Wahlberg who is a huge supporter of our troops at home and overseas.
Millionaire Tom Cruise really is full of shit!
"That’s what it feels like," Cruise reportedly said in a deposition in the custody battle over daughter Suri. "And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal."
Besides Mark Wahlberg, actor John Stamos took Tom Cruise to task saying, "Acting isn't as tough as getting mani-pedi."
It is said that Tom Cruise has a short man's attitude of thinking he's more important than he really is - this sort of statement speaks to just how full of shit Tom Cruise really is.
Tom Cruise comparing his time away from daughter Suri on movie sets to a soldier's tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like. ... Certainly on this last movie, it was brutal" might fly in Hollywood with those who bow down to actors like Cruise.
Mark Wahlberg and John Stamos show that it doesn't fly with them, they have the class to salute those in harm's way and support their mission.
While our troops need all of our support, they'd probably be the first to say that they can do just fine without the support of someone as classless as Tom Cruise.
by Tom Correa