Mickey Rourke has reignited a decades-old feud with actor Robert De Niro, putting him on blast in a fiery social media post...
Mickey Rourke has come for Robert De Niro once again.
via: Getty ImagesAnd he really didn't hold back.
The pair have been feuding for years...
via: Getty ImagesRourke and De Niro have been feuding since an alleged snub on the set of the 1987 film. But this is definitely the worst yet...
Robert De Niro gained big-screen prominence for his portrayal of typically violent and abrasive characters.
via: Getty ImagesWhile later in his career he became known for playing comical depictions of grumpy old men, De Niro rose to fame for playing not so likable characters.
The actor was raised in a creative household.
via: Getty ImagesDe Niro is the son of 2 Greenwich Village artists, who were widely respected in the art industry.
So, it's no surprise that a teenage De Niro would seek a career in the arts.
via: Getty ImagesAfter appearing in a string of stage shows as a child, the star dropped out of school at age sixteen to study at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. With his mother's permission, the actor-to-be took the money she had saved for college and put it toward launching his acting career.
But it very nearly didn't happen.
via: Getty ImagesAt first, it seemed performance wasn't all that appealing to De Niro. After being accepted at New York's prestigious High School of Music and Art aged 10, the star reportedly felt overwhelmed and unprepared for the intense and competitive nature of the industry, and switched to a standard public school after just a few days.
De Niro wasn't too interested in academics, however.
via: Getty ImagesThe star joined a pretty tame Italian street gang that dubbed him "Bobby Milk," believed to be in reference to his pale complexion.
While he still wasn't much of a troublemaker...
via: Getty ImagesHis time in the gang no doubt laid down his roots for being able to skillfully portray Italian Mobsters on the big screen.
At the start of his acting career, De Niro went on to appeared in several minor films
via: imdbIncluding the likes of The Wedding Party (1969), and The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971).
But it wasn't until his performance in Bang the Drum Slowly in 1973 that he gained real mainstream success.
via: imdbThat same year, De Niro starred in Mean Streets, marking his first collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, with whom he would do some of his most celebrated work.
By the end of the '70s...
via: Getty ImagesHe was widely considered to be one of the best actors of his time.
After seeing his work, director Francis Ford Coppola, whose movie The Godfather had bagged the lucrative Academy Award for best picture, got in touch.
via: imdbCoppola offered De Niro the iconic part of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II (1974) - a role that earned him a best-supporting actor Oscar and firmly cemented him as an international star.
De Niro's success streak continued as we entered the '90s.
via: Getty ImagesThe star opened the decade with Goodfellas, yet another acclaimed gangster flick from Scorsese.
Even in recent years, the star has continued to feature in box office smash hits.But as we made our way through the '00s, the actor's work took a bit of a change in tone.
We saw him move away from gangster cinema...
via: imdbIn 2012, we saw De Niro play the father of a mentally ill man in Silver Linings Playbook, followed by comedy The Big Wedding and The Intern in 2013, to name a few.
But last year, we saw De Niro go back to his roots in Scorsese's The Irishman.
via: imdbSet in the '50s, the movie follows truck driver Frank Sheeran who gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family.
The movie marked De Niro’s ninth feature-length picture directed by Scorsese.And it was a roaring success, even going on to earn the title of the best movie of 2019.
But this week, the acting legend has been put on blast.
via: Getty ImagesMickey Rourke took to Instagram to slam the star and it's pretty brutal, to say the least.
Rourke threatened to “embarrass" De Niro over a quote from his spokesperson last year.
via: Getty Images"Hey Robert De Niro," Rourke wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. “That’s right I am talking to you, you big f***ing crybaby."
via: Getty Images"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 s***'."
Back in September, Rourke claimed on an Italian talk show that Martin Scorsese wanted to meet with him for a part in The Irishman.
via: Getty ImagesBut, he was dropped when De Niro allegedly refused to work with him.
The comments forced De Niro's rep to speak out at the time.
via: Getty ImagesThey said that Rourke was “never asked" to be in The Irishman and that he was "never even thought of, discussed, or considered to be in the movie."
Rourke's recent Instagram post addressed this.
via: Getty Images"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 then made some serious threats...
via: Getty Images"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 severally 100% [sic]." Yikes.
He then concluded the post with this:
via: Getty Images“Mickey Rourke, as God is my witness."