Actor and former boxer Mickey Rourke broke down during a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan when recalling a meeting he once had with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014.
Morgan threw the kitchen sink at Rourke, probing him on everything from his abusive childhood to his thoughts on Tom Cruise during the half-hour interview on Fox Nation’s recent addition, “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”
Rourke related tales of his 2014 trip to Russia alongside other Hollywood personalities including Sharon Stone, who danced with Putin at the time, and said he saw a different, very human side of the Russian president when he accompanied him on a trip to St. Petersburg to visit a home for children with incurable cancer.
“I looked over at Vladimir, and I could see somebody that was genuinely concerned about where we were and someone who was empathetic and he was there for a sincere reason,” Rourke told Morgan.
(Video: Piers Morgan Uncensored/YouTube)
In contrast, the “Sin City” star is baffled that the same man he visited with is responsible for the now-protracted invasion of Ukraine.
It “blows my mind,” Rourke said, adding he hopes Putin will see the error of his ways and that a “little bell would ring in [Putin’s] head or his heart and he’d wake up and just stop all this sh–.”
“I don’t understand what he wants, and it’s not only combatants that are getting killed, but old people are getting killed, young people are getting killed. Schools are getting targeted, hospitals are getting targeted. All that sh–‘s not right,” he said.
Rourke began to choke up when he told of the indelible image he holds of a man who lost five family members in the ongoing war and is now left only with his pet cat.
“But the image that bothered me the most,” he said. “I saw this old man old and a little grey kitten and the old man survived his house being bombed,” Rourke continued. “He lost five family members and the only thing he had, it’s kind of hard for me to talk about it, the only thing he had was this little grey kitty. I looked at that image … and I said how can I have anything to worry about? Losing a movie? Or I’m having a bad day?”
The actor appealed directly to Vladimir Putin to end the war.
“You’re not going to live forever. Look at Peter the Great, Napoleon, what happened to them trying to get more and more,” he said. “You’ve got your power and your money. Just live your life and let these people in Ukraine be independent in the democratic society they want to live in and just stop today. Not tomorrow. just stop right now.”
The interview included discussions on how Rourke’s abusive childhood hardened his personality and outlook on life, his work with director and convicted sex offender Roman Polanski, and his low opinion of fellow actor Tom Cruise.
Rourke is perhaps most critically revered for his work in the semi-autobiographical 1987 film “Barfly,” in which he portrays the alter ego of poet and author Charles Bukowski, as well as the thoroughly disturbing horror-mystery “Angel Heart” from the same year, and the 1986 erotic drama “9 1/2 Weeks” alongside Kim Basinger.
In 2009, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his starring role in “The Wrestler.”
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