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Author Topic: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !  (Read 4980 times)

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Offline AsOne

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Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« on: December 30, 2008, 11:28:44 AM »
Source: Dec. 30/08 edition of The Daily Beast ... in short , Mickey calls out Sean as the Oscar race heats up.

a private text message obtained by The Daily Beast, Mickey Rourke bashes Sean Penn—his chief rival in the Oscar race—as a "homophobe" and an "average" actor.

Whistleblower has learned from several entertainment industry sources that Mickey Rourke—whose extraordinary comeback performance in The Wrestler is garnering him early praise as a shoo-in for a best actor Oscar nomination—is trash talking his likely toughest competitor, Sean Penn, whose acting in Milk has earned rave reviews.

After his December 23 appearance on David Letterman, Rourke told someone backstage that he was surprised that so many people seemed to think that Penn was his Oscar competition since “I’m not even sure he’ll get a nomination.”

On December 28, a Los Angeles entertainment honcho shared a text message with me that Rourke had sent him: “Look seans an old friend of mine and i didnt buy his performance at all—thought he did an average pretend acting like he was gay besides hes one of the most homophobic people i kno" [sic]

“It’s a shame,” says one veteran Hollywood lawyer. “Mickey should be looking at this as a once in a career chance for a fresh start. But dumping on Penn is not going to win him any friends. It’s not the way to get Oscar votes.”

Rourke’s publicist says “there is no Oscar feud between Mickey and Sean. They have known each other and been friends for a very long time. Mickey attended the New York premiere of Milk to support Sean and only has the greatest respect for him.” She adds that Rourke is ”completely unaware of the text.”

Miami friends of Rourke acknowledge he is brutally honest, even to his own detriment. “Mickey will call a spade a spade,” says a long time acquaintance. “Even if he makes you cringe sometimes with what he says, at least you’ll know he’s not bullshitting you.” Rourke’s bad mouthing of Penn would not be the first instance in Oscar history in which someone trashed the competition. Back in 2002, for instant, there was a nasty feud between Miramax and DreamWorks. Miramax flacks secretly released a steady stream of harsh criticisms of Universal's A Beautiful Mind in order to nab Oscar votes for Miramax's In the Bedroom. Miramax execs counter-charged that executives at the David Geffen-Jeffrey Katzenberg-Steven Spielberg-owned studio had started rumors that Miramax was using only dirty tricks to derail A Beautiful Mind. Animosity between the two studios dates back to 1998, when Harvey Weinstein lobbied so aggressively for Shakespeare in Love, which was up against Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, that he was reported to have told numerous Oscar voters that Ryan was a mediocre film at best.

But Rourke’s bashing of Penn takes it beyond the studio level and makes it much more personal, especially since the two are friends. It is the first time anyone can recall an actor dishing another actor so openly for the performance.

RELATED: Rourke’s Resurrection by Tom Tapp; My Date With Sean Penn by Howard Rosenman

Gerald Posner is the award-winning author of 10 best-selling books of investigative nonfiction ranging from political assassinations, to Nazi war criminals, to 9/11, to terrorism (www.posner.com). He also has written dozens of articles for national magazines and newspapers. He is a regular contributor to NBC, CNN, CBS, and MSNBC. Posner lives in Miami Beach with his wife, the author Trisha Posner.

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Re: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2008, 05:20:07 PM »
that's showbiz

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Re: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008, 05:39:48 PM »
Neither one is on my list of great acting talents.  Also, insiders have gossiped for years that Mickey Rourke is bi.  Maybe he has experienced homophobia from his friend Sean.
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Re: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2009, 06:08:37 PM »
A true homophobe will NEVER be caught dead doing anything remotely near his "nemesis", let alone act as one in a massively gay themed semi docu-autobiography of Harvey Milk, the pioneering father of the politically charged gay movement in the US.

I greatly doubt Sean is a homophobe. Watching him on Bill Maher and his recently bolder activist actions/views on wanting peace, even using his own money to move the cause, shows he walks the talk. This guy has balls and pretty much uses them in proper ways to help better lives as much as possible.

When was the last time, if any ever, has Rourke been reported to have had done anything good for his fellow mankind/community, other than messed up his own. Looks like he's gonna start his second wave at downward spiral again. Some types just never learn their lessons in life. Sigh. ::)

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Re: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 09:00:56 PM »
I had a friend in L.A who was an "Oscar Scandal".  His proper given name was Oscar, I called him Oscar De Forenta because he passed around condoms with his name, phone number and a message which had his phone number and the slogan, "10 cents per minute".  Even in Los Angeles, people don't always get the joke  ;D  Have the best day
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Re: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 10:37:04 PM »
« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 10:40:37 PM by Robert »

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Re: Oscar scandal ( Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke ) !
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 08:28:51 PM »
I find that story ridiculous.
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