August 11, 2014 12:06 pm

WATCH: Mickey Rourke supports Putin by lining up for T-shirt

ABOVE: Watch Mickey Rourke buy a Vladimir Putin T-shirt in Moscow.

TORONTO — Actor Mickey Rourke lined up Monday inside a Moscow department store to buy a T-shirt bearing the likeness of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“If I didn’t like him, I wouldn’t buy the T-shirt, believe me,” Rourke told reporters.

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With his 27-year-old girlfriend Anastassija Makarenko at his side, the 61-year-old said he doesn’t give “a f*** about the politics.”

“To me, it’s all about the family,” said Rourke.

“Her father’s a good person, her mother’s great, her [grandmother] is wonderful.

Rourke, who purchased the Putin T-shirt from the GUM store just off Red Square for about $36 CDN, unabashedly praised the Russian leader.

“I met him a couple of times and he was a real gentleman,” said Rourke. “A very cool, regular guy. Looked me right in the eye. Good guy.”

Putin is under fire around the world for his war with Ukraine — including allegations he facilitated the downing of a commercial jet last month, killing nearly 300 people.

The Russian president has also been widely criticized for a crackdown on gays and lesbians in his country.

Rourke’s public support for Putin comes after Steven Seagal performed a concert in Crimea in support of pro-Russian separatists. At one point, according to the RIA Novosti news agency, Seagal held up a T-shirt with Putin’s face on it.

Putin has described Seagal, 62, as a long time friend.

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