But he still thinks it’s a dumb comparison to make.
A Wrap story on the screening suggested that Wahlberg might have been coyly referring to a recent media dust-up over Cruise. But the “Planet of the Apes” star Wahlberg said Wednesday that he wasn’t aware that the comparison was connected to Cruise, TMZ reports.
In actuality, Cruise didn’t make the comparison — it was his attorney, during a deposition in the actor’s libel case against Bauer Media, who compared a lengthy movie shoot to “serving in Afghanistan.”
The actor himself was quick to scoff at the comparison, saying, “Oh come on. You know, we’re making a movie.”
Nonetheless, Wahlberg took extreme exception to the comparison during a Q&A following the world premiere of his new film “Lone Survivor,” about three Navy SEALs on a mission in Afghanistan.
“For actors to sit there and talk about, ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the — I don’t give a fuck what you did. You don’t do what these guys did,” Wahlberg fumed. “For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military’s. How fucking dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.”
Wahlberg did not specifically reference Cruise during the tirade.
While professing his love for Cruise on Wednesday, Wahlberg did say it was an “unfair” comparison.
“I have the utmost respect for Tom Cruise, but I have the utmost respect or military guys, so it’s just unfair for anybody to comment on that,” Walhberg noted.