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Sunday 31 August 2014

Wahlberg's tirade at military tag

Mark Wahlberg spoke out at the premiere of his film Lone Survivor

Mark Wahlberg has hit out at actors who compare their training for action movies to being in the military for real.

The Hollywood star delivered an expletive-filled rant during the premiere of his latest movie Lone Survivor, in which he plays a Navy SEAL tasked with killing a notorious Taliban leader in Afghanistan, according to E! News.

When festival director Jacqueline Lyanga asked the actor about his training for the film, he replied: "For actors to sit there and talk about 'Oh, I went to SEAL training'? I don't give a f*** 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 f***ing dare you, while you sit in a make-up chair for two hours," he said.

"I don't give a s*** if you get your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order your f***ing chicken..."

Although no names were mentioned, it was reported that Mark could have been indirectly referencing Tom Cruise, although Mark's representative later denied this was the case.

Tom recently responded to a lawyer's question which compared long periods away from his daughter Suri, while filming a movie, to a soldier's tour in Afghanistan.

Tom's attorney Bert Fields released a statement to E! News to explain what his client meant: "The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record," he said.

"What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes 'that's what it feels like.' 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.

"Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and would never say that making a movie was even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan."

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