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“I don’t look up to him anymore”: Robert De Niro Was Threatened by Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 2 Co-Star After Actor Allegedly Refused to Work With Him in ‘The Irishman’

“I don’t look up to him anymore”: Robert De Niro Was Threatened by Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 2 Co-Star After Actor Allegedly Refused to Work With Him in ‘The Irishman’

Robert De Niro is one of the most respected actors in cinema with many of his movies being held in the highest regard by fans and co-workers alike. He has done a lot of movies that have only contributed to his increasing fame and respect. While the actor is one who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, he has a long ongoing feud with Mickey Rourke.

Robert De Niro has been widely regarded as a veteran actor.
Robert De Niro

The Iron Man 2 actor has passed remarks toward De Niro often enough for the audience to learn that neither of them is a fan of the other. The actor has even threatened the Taxi Driver actor on so many occasions that a lot of his claims are now being overlooked to an extent where the very producers of a movie had to confirm allegations.

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Robert De Niro Allegedly Did Not Want Mickey Rourke In The Irishman

Robert De Niro starred in The Irishman alongside Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The movie was a Martin Scorsese work and Mickey Rourke had his eyes on the film as well. The actor alleged that he had been offered a role only to be denied later on.

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“Marty Scorsese wanted to meet me for a movie with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro,” Rourke claimed. “The casting person told my manager that Robert De Niro said he refused to work with me in a movie.”

He added that the only reason he could not be a part of Scorsese’s The Irishman was because De Niro refused to work with Rourke. He allegedly had made sure Rourke would have no part in the movie and it was all because of a personal feud. De Niro’s PR team also responded to these allegations and stated that Rourke had never even been offered a role let alone be denied of it afterward.

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Mickey Rourke Claimed That Robert De Niro Refused To Make Contact With Him

Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro worked together on Angel Heart. Their feud started from that very film as there began rumors of the latter calling the former a liar. However, these rumors were never confirmed and they happened to be passed down to the actor from a friend of his.

Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2 (2010).
Mickey Rourke

“Now, I don’t look up to him no more, I look through him.”

Rourke was hell-bent on embarrassing the actor and was trying his best to prove to the world as to who he is in his eyes. He had allegedly stated that De Niro refused to make physical contact with him. The scene required some contact, however, De Niro was adamant about his decision.

Also Read: Marvel Gambled Twice With Robert Downey Jr.’s Career After Bringing Mickey Rourke On Board in ‘Iron Man 2’ Despite Actor’s Highly Erratic Behaviour

Source: USA Today

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Written by Adya

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.