'I got no respect for that': Mickey Rourke blasts Tom Cruise's 35-year acting career – Here's what he said!
Mickey Rourke, known for his role as Whiplash in "Iron Man 2," recently criticized Tom Cruise's 35-year acting career, saying he has "no respect for that."
"I got no respect for that": A single phrase, shot with unfiltered disdain by Mickey Rourke, the "Iron Man 2" antagonist, towards Tom Cruise's acting chops, has ignited the Hollywood furnace. So, what got Rourke to fire these scathing words? Let's rewind the reel and take a dive into the drama that unfolded, as reported by FandomWire.
A Clash of Hollywood Titans: Mickey Rourke vs. Tom Cruise
If you know Mickey Rourke, you know he's a man with opinions as unfiltered as your grandmother's tea. Known for playing Ivan Vanko/Whiplash in "Iron Man 2," he's no stranger to Hollywood controversies. But this time, he's taken aim at the adrenaline-rushing, stunt-filled actor Tom Cruise.
The two entered Hollywood in the 1980s. While Tom Cruise was stealing the show with blockbuster hits like "Mission Impossible" and "Top Gun," Mickey Rourke was making a name for himself with "Sin City," "The Wrestler," and "Angel Heart." But it appears Rourke isn't impressed with Cruise's trajectory.
In a recent interview, the veteran actor lashed out at Cruise, saying: "That doesn’t mean sh*t to me. The guy’s been doing the same effing part for 35 years. I got no respect for that. I don’t care about money and power. I care about it when I watch Al Pacino’s work, and Chris Walken and De Niro’s early work. Richard Harris’ work, Ray Winstone’s work. Monty Clift. Brando back in the day. And a lot of guys that just tried to stretch as actors. … I think [Cruise] is irrelevant in my world."
Is Mickey Rourke's Critique Justified or Just a Cry for Attention?
Cruise's acting career has certainly been filled with stardom, yet not devoid of its pitfalls. Associated with the Church of Scientology and several oddball behaviors, Cruise had to reinvent himself as the action hero we see today. But Rourke's statement might seem like a resentful jab or an attention-seeking move.
The last blockbuster movie that Mickey Rourke starred in was "Immortals" (2011). So, is this critique out of genuine concern for artistic integrity, or is Rourke merely stirring the pot?
Only time will tell if Cruise will shake it off, à la Taylor Swift, or if he'll respond to Rourke's powerful shot.
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