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Mickey Rourke Slams Young Hollywood

May 7 2010, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Veteran actor Mickey Rourke has weathered the ups and downs of Hollywood and fame. Now back on top, he had some choice words for young Hollywood, saying their current bursts of notoriety has nothing to do with their acting skills.

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"You can be less than mediocre and be a f-ing movie star. I have respect for very few actors and actresses," he recently told Parade. "Some of them get a lot of acclaim but just because their movie made $200 million at the box office; they still suck."

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While he has "no respect" for such young upstarts, Rourke is now wise enough to keep his specific grumblings to himself.

"I got no respect for them and I used to let them know it. It was important for me to put that aside and go, 'You know what? This is a business. If you kiss the right ass and you get lucky on a movie or two, you could last 10 years.' So, now, I just keep my mouth shut and pet my chihuahuas."

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