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Actors Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro continued their long-running feud over the weekend, with the former calling out the latter in a blaring Instagram post.
Rourke claimed that he was told by a friend that De Niro called him a liar in a recent newspaper interview, then appeared to threaten him with physical harm.
“Hey Robert De Niro, that’s right i am talking to you, you big f–king crybaby,” Rourke began, posting a picture of a much younger De Niro smoking a cigarette.
“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–t’. 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 added.
**Warning: Strong language
The long-simmering feud between the two actors reportedly began three decades ago when both of them were working together on the set of “Angel Heart,” a crime-thriller in which De Niro plays a character who hires Rourke, a private investigator, to find a singer named Johnny Favorite.
In September, Rourke claimed that he was approached about possibly appearing in the recently-released film “The Irishman,” but that De Niro allegedly told director Martin Scorsese he would not work with Rourke.
“Marty Scorsese, great director, he wanted to meet me for a movie with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Chris Walken and Robert De Niro,” Rourke told the Italian TV show “Live — Non è la D’Urso.” “The casting person told my manager that Robert De Niro said he refused to work with me in a movie.”
De Niro’s representative, Stan Rosenfield, responded to Rourke’s allegation, saying it wasn’t accurate.
“According to ‘The Irishman’ producers, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and casting director Ellen Lewis, Mickey Rourke was never asked to be in ‘The Irishman’ nor was he ever even thought of, discussed or considered to be in the movie,” Rosenfield told the New York Post’s Page Six at the time, noting further that the 76-year-old De Niro was “aware of these comments.”
In his Instagram missive, Rourke, 67, appears to threaten De Niro.
“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 severely 100%. Mickey Rourke ‘ as God is my witness,’” he wrote.
In September, Rourke explained that De Niro, whom he said he admired prior to working with him, snubbed him on the set of Angel Heart.
“When I was in school studying to be an actor, I looked up to him like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino,” he said, adding that he introduced himself to De Niro.
“About five minutes later, [De Niro] comes over he said, ‘I think it’s better if we don’t talk because of characters in the movie. It’s better if we don’t say hello, talk or anything,’” “The Wrestler” star said, allegedly quoting De Niro.
“It hurt my feelings a little bit ’cause I looked up to him,” he added.