While appearing on Monday's episode of "Piers Morgan Uncensored," the Academy Award nominee shared his thoughts on Cruise's career and the success of the "Top Gun" sequel, which is currently the highest-grossing film of 2022 both domestically and worldwide.
"That doesn't mean s--- to me. The guy's been doing the same effing part for 35 years, you know?" Rourke, 69, told Piers Morgan after he noted how "Top Gun: Maverick" has grossed over $1 billion worldwide over 35 years following the first film. "I got no respect for that. ... Really, brother."
He continued, "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, and Richard Harris' work, and Ray Winstone's work -- that's the kind of actor I want to be, like Monty Clift, and, you know, [Marlon] Brando back in the day. A lot of guys that just tried to stretch as actors."
Morgan then asked Rourke: "You don't think Tom Cruise is a good actor?" to which the "Wrestler" star replied, "I think he's irrelevant, in my world."
"The guy's been doing the same effing part for 35 years... I got no respect for that."