‘I Got No Respect for That’: Iron Man 2 Actor Mickey Rourke Slams Tom Cruise, Says His Acting Is Irrelevant.

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Successful people often have haters. It seems that Tom Cruise would love to listen to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” song right now as a prevalent actor aims his gun with a powerful shot at Tom Cruise’s acting abilities. The Iron Man 2 villain (Whiplash) played by Mickey Rourke came up with some “opinions” regarding the stunt-filled adrenaline-rushing actor.

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

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Does Mickey Rourke have no respect for Tom Cruise?

The above photo might need your brain some work to remember. Mickey Rourke is known (for the current generation) for playing the antagonist in the second installment of the rich man’s robot suit 2 (Iron Man 2). Mickey Rourke played the Russian mobster Ivan Vanko/Whiplash.

Tom Cruise (left) & Mickey Rourke (right).
Tom Cruise (left) & Mickey Rourke (right).

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Mickey Rourke entered at the same time as Tom Cruise in Hollywood. The duo entered in the 1980s but Mickey Rourke was not able to acclaim much success as the latter. Starring in several films such as Sin City, The Wrestler, and Angel Heart, Rourke did find some fame. However, during this time, Tom Cruise was making names for himself by starring in blockbuster hits like Mission ImpossibleTop Gun, and Risky Business. In a recent interview, here’s what the veteran actor had to say about Tom Cruise:

“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”.


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Is Tom Cruise’s acting irrelevant?

Tom Cruise had gotten himself into a bit of a pickle when in the 2000s he was associated with the Church of Scientology. Along with having several oddball behaviors among the general public, Tom Cruise had to reinvent himself as the action hero that we see today.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt hanging out of an airplane (Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation).
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt hanging out of an airplane (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).

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Mickey Rourke’s statements can be described as those born out of resentment or a move to grab some attention. It is also possible that Mickey Rourke (being himself) is just straight-up telling the truth that he feels to be right. The last blockbuster movie that Mickey Rourke starred in was Immortals (2011).

Source: Screenrant 


Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2020

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.