Marvel Actor Slams Tom Cruise For His ‘Irrelevant’ Acting Skills

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Tom Cruise is an American actor who has played action heroes like Ethan Hunt or Jack Reacher and the famous Top Gun fighter pilot Maverick for years, making him arguably one of the most recognizable actors in America. The Mission: Impossible actor Tom Cruise also recently returned to the forefront of the audience’s minds with his return as Maverick in the record-breaking Top Gun sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

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Tom Cruise Credit: Wikipedia

Top Gun: Maverick has broken Marvel and Pirates of the Caribbean box office records, and critics and audiences have loved the film (which also starred Miles Teller and Val Kilmer); however, not everyone thinks that Tom Cruise is the best discovery since sliced bread. One actor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently insulted Tom Cruise during an interview — and he did not hold back regarding his negative opinions.

Mickey Rourke, who played the villain Ivan Vanko/Whiplash in the 2010 film Iron Man 2, recently spoke to Piers Morgan on Talk TV about the Jack Reacher actor Tom Cruise. When discussing Tom Cruise’s box office success, Rourke said the following: “That doesn’t mean s*** to me…That guy’s been doing the same effing part for 35 years.”

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Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2. Credit: Marvel

“I got no respect for that,” Mickey Rourke added. “I don’t care about money or power. I care about…when I watch Al Pacino or Christopher Walken working, or De Niro’s early work and Richard Harris’ work and Ray Winstone’s work, that’s the kind of actor I want to be like…A lot of guys that tried to stretch as actors.”

The Wrestler actor finished his criticism by saying that Tom Cruise is “irrelevant” to him. Mickey Rourke makes these statements in the interview from the Tweet shown below.

Similar criticisms involving Johnny Depp also surfaced recently when award-winning actor Brian Cox called the actor “overrated” and turned down a role to avoid working with him in the box office hit Pirates of the Caribbean. Are you a fan of Tom Cruise (who almost played Iron Man) and his work as an actor? Do you think that it’s fine for an actor to accept that he does one thing very well and focus on that skill, or would you rather see actors expand their repertoires no matter how well their performances are received?


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Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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