Mickey Rourke was once a promising actor, showcasing his ability in ‘80s films like Rumble Fish, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, and Angel Heart. More recently he has spent his time praising war criminals like George W. Bush, wearing Putin t-shirts, and unsuccessfully attempting to start feuds with other actors.
The other day Rourke, who’s 67, used his Instagram account to direct a rather unhinged and unlettered tirade at Robert De Niro, who starred alongside him in the aforementioned and underrated Angel Heart. Check it out:
“Hey Robert De Niro, that’s right i am talking to you, you big fucking crybaby. A friend of mine just recently told me that a few months back you’re quoted as saying to newspapers ‘Mickey Rourke’s a liar he talks all kind of shit’. Listen Mr.Tough Guy in the movies, you’re the 1st person that ever called me a liar and it was in a newspaper.”
He added, “Let me tell you something, you punk ass, when i see you i swear to God on my Grandmother, on my brother and all my dogs,i gonna embarrass you severely 100%. Mickey Rourke ‘ as God is my witness.”
I gonna embarrass you severely 100%. I assume he was drunk when he wrote that. Or perhaps he is neck deep in a manic episode a la Kanye West, who has managed to get into a public spat with his wife in recent days. Social media, celebrity, and mental illness do not mix.
What’s behind Rourke’s rage? It reportedly dates back to the set of Angel Heart, where Rourke says De Niro wouldn’t let him touch him during a scene that required him to do so. He’s still pissed off about this, apparently—he spoke about it in a 2019 interview. In the same interview he claimed that he very nearly had a part in Martin Scorsese’s geriatric epic The Irishman, but that De Niro wouldn’t allow it.
“Marty Scorsese wanted to meet me for a movie with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro,” he said. “The casting person told my manager that Robert De Niro said he refused to work with me in a movie.”
Therefore, according to Rourke, he was passed over.
De Niro’s people have a different version:
“According to ‘The Irishman’ producers, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and casting director Ellen Lewis, Mickey Rourke was never asked to be in ‘The Irishman’ nor was he ever even thought of, discussed or considered to be in the movie.”
As for Rourke’s latest rant, De Niro has not responded, and Rourke appears to have taken it down from his Instagram page. Hopefully he gets the psychological help he appears to need.