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“He’s doing the same part for 35 years”: Iron Man 2 Star Mickey Rourke Claims Tom Cruise is ‘Mediocre’ Despite Conquering the Box-Office With Top Gun: Maverick

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Mickey Rourke has been a sensation for the media and the popular crowd due to his controversial opinions on all things universal. The actor, known for works like Iron Man 2 and The Rainmaker, has made enough noise in the world today to have fallen on the radar of news anchors like Piers Morgan.

In a 15-minute interview, the pair manage to talk about Tom Cruise, Vladimir Putin, the Russia-Ukraine war, cancel culture, Rourke’s rocky road to fame, and his controversial opinions that have caused much grief to the modern world in an already saturated era of overwhelming disparity. But none have caused such a roar among the media and the people as his comments about the Top Gun actor did.

Mickey Rourke in his comeback film, The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke in his comeback film, The Wrestler

Also read: “I got no respect for that”: Iron Man 2 Actor Mickey Rourke Slams Tom Cruise, Says His Acting Is Irrelevant

Mickey Rourke Blasts Tom Cruise on Live Television

Tom Cruise’s reputation, his carefully curated career, and his diverse range have all been reduced by Mickey Rourke during his scathing monologue on Piers Morgan Uncensored. In a recent appearance on the scandal-inducing show, the 70-year-old actor managed to remark about his uncensored opinion of Cruise when Piers Morgan asks him, When you see someone like Tom Cruise grossing a billion dollars with Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel, 35 years or so after the first one, what do you think of that?”

“That doesn’t mean sh*t to me. The guy’s been doing the same effing part for 35 years. I’ve got no respect for that. I don’t care about money and power. I care about when I watch Al Pacino work and Chris Walken and De Niro’s early work and Richard Harris’s work and Ray Winstone’s work. That’s the kind of actor I want to be like. Monty Clift and Brando back in the day — a lot of guys that just tried to stretch as actors.”

Mickey Rourke on Piers Morgan Uncensored
Mickey Rourke on Piers Morgan Uncensored

Also read: 15 Actors Whose Dying Careers Were Saved By One Role

Piers Morgan fires back pointedly, You don’t think Tom Cruise is a good actor?” to which the actor states, “I think he’s irrelevant, in my world.” What follows is 3 seconds of silence during which Morgan processes the magnificent sensation that his latest guest had just erupted by calling Tom Cruise irrelevant on live television, and quips Fascinating!” before moving on from the subject. Clearly, Morgan didn’t share the sentiment.

Is Tom Cruise Really an Irrelevant Star to Modern Cinema?

An actor of the stature of Tom Cruise has contributed to many things and events both on the screen and behind the lens with the amount of power he holds within the industry. As a star bred in the era of big-screen pictures, the theatre culture that had started losing popularity in the modern-day rush-hour world of streaming and direct-to-video movies was restored in one fell swoop with his Top Gun sequel.

Top Gun: Maverick redefines modern-day cinema
Top Gun: Maverick redefines modern-day cinema

Also read: “He’s not settling down”: Top Gun: Maverick Director Teases Sequel With Tom Cruise After High Flying $1.48B Box-Office Decimation

The actor’s curated career has been dotted with revolutionary works and powerful performances like those in Tropic ThunderEyes Wide Shut, Vanilla Sky, and Interview With a Vampire. At the same time, Cruise has been a public figure and vocal spokesperson who is placed at the front and center of the controversial Church of Scientology. His association with the Church (since the ’80s) has been a cause for much speculation and debate in recent times, especially after the scathing tell-all book and documentary by former-Scientologist Leah Remini.

Top Gun: Maverick will be available for streaming on Paramount Plus from December 22, 2022.

Source: Piers Morgan Uncensored

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.