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Mickey Rourke UNLOADS On 'Irrelevant' Tom Cruise, 'No Respect' For 'Top Gun' Star Despite Nine-Figure Payday

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Jul. 12 2022, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

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Mickey Rourke has "no respect" for Tom Cruise, despite the latter being one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. The Wrestler actor, 69, hurled insult after insult at the "irrelevant" Top Gun: Maverick star one week after Radar revealed Cruise will score a nine-figure payday for reprising his role as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.

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Rourke didn't hold back when asked how he felt about Cruise's Maverick sweeping the box office while appearing on Piers Morgan Uncensored Monday.

"That doesn’t mean s--- to me. I don’t care about money and power, I care about when I watch Al Pacino work and Chris Walken and De Niro’s early work and Richard Harris’s work and Ray Winstone’s work," he hissed back.

"That’s the kind of actor I want to be like. Monty Clift and Brando back in the day."

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When it comes to Cruise's ability as an actor, Rourke doesn't think highly of the 60-year-old's career.

"The guy’s been doing the same effing part for 35 years. I got no respect for that," he stated.

Cha-Ching! Tom Cruise Taking Home Nine-Figure Payday For 'Top Gun: Maverick' After Film Pulls In $1 Billion At Box Office

Morgan later pressed him to elaborate by asking, "You don't think Tom Cruise is a good actor?" and, again, Rourke didn't mince his words.

"I think he’s irrelevant, in my world," he responded, doubling down on his dislike of Cruise.

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Rourke's comments about Cruise come after Maverick crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, marking the actor's highest-earning flick in his nearly four-decades long career.

With big box office earnings comes an even bigger payday for Cruise — but exactly how much? Keep scrolling!

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One insider told RadarOnline.com that Cruise's deal with Paramount was $12.5 million upfront plus a 10 percent cut of the film’s “first-dollar gross." We've learned the actor's cut is estimated to be somewhere around the $55 million mark — but he'll bring in more when streaming services kick in.

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The insider dished that Cruise's revenue from home video/streaming will rise to around $90-$100 million! With money like that, who cares what Mickey Rourke thinks!

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