In a recent media appearance, actor Mickey Rourke criticized Tom Cruise for playing the “same part for 35 f***ing years” and is irrelevant. Rourke laid into Cruise on Piers Morgan Uncensored, offering a harsh and also swear- and epithet-laden response of his ’80s contemporary when asked what he thought of Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick.
“That doesn’t mean s*** to me,” said Rourke (via Variety). “The guy’s been doing the same f***ing part for 35 years. I 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 [Robert] 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… [Cruise] is irrelevant in my world.”
“The guy’s been doing the same effing part for 35 years… I got no respect for that.”
— Piers Morgan Uncensored (@PiersUncensored) July 11, 2022
Although box office takes are certainly not the same thing as cultural influence, Rourke’s comment also comes on the heels of Top Gun: Maverick recently becoming the second movie of the pandemic era to surpass $1 billion at the global box office, Cruise’s first to achieve that milestone, and the 50th movie in history to reach that figure overall.