Back in 1987, Robert De Niro and Mickey Rourke co-starred collectively within the psychological horror Angel Heart, primarily based on the novel Falling Angel. Rourke performed Harry Angel, a New York PI employed by De Niro’s Louis Cyphre to resolve the disappearance of a person referred to as Johnny Favorite. It’s alleged throughout filming that the 2 stars significantly fell out and so they’ve not buried the hatchet since.
De Niro, who stars in Dirty Grandpa on Channel 4 this night, embraced his methodology appearing and reportedly wouldn’t speak to Rourke on set in any respect. His reasoning was due to the advanced relationship between their two characters, telling his co-star: “I think it’s better if we don’t talk.”
Angel Heart was the primary and final time the 2 actors labored on a movie collectively, with public feuding being on-going over 30 years later.
When his former co-star was set to make the gangster epic The Irishman, The Wrestler actor claimed he blocked his casting.
Rourke mentioned on the time on Italian TV: “Marty Scorsese, nice director, he needed to fulfill me for a film with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Chris Walken and Robert De Niro/ The casting individual instructed my supervisor that Robert De Niro mentioned he refused to work with me in a film.”
The actor said he “needed the money” and added: “Now I don’t look up to him no more; I look through him. I came up from the s***. He doesn’t know that life. I lived that f***ing life, so every time I look him in the face I look right through his a******.”
At the time, Rourke wrote: “Hey Robert De Niro, that’s right I am talking to you, you big f***ing crybaby. 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***.’ Listen Mr Tough Guy in the movies, you’re the 1st person that ever called me a liar and it was in a newspaper. Let me tell you something, you punk a**, 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.'”