- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2014

Actor Mickey Rourke lined up with hundreds of people at a Moscow department store Monday to buy a T-shirt with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face on it.

“If I didn’t like him, I wouldn’t buy the T-shirt, believe me. I met him a couple of times and he was a real gentleman, a very cool regular guy, looked me right in the eye. I think he is a good guy. If I didn’t, believe I wouldn’t wear the T-shirt,” the actor said in a video posted by Sky News.

“The Wrestler” star joined the crowds at a store in Red Square to snatch up the shirts, costing 1,200 rubles ($33.40). He said politics had nothing to do with the purchase, or his admiration of the Russian leader.

“I have a Russian girlfriend, that’s all I care about. Her father is a good person, her mother’s great, her babushka’s wonderful,” Mr. Rourke says in the video. “So to me, it’s all about family. I don’t give an [expletive] about the politics. That’s not my department, you know?”

The actor’s purchase comes just days after Steven Seagal performed at a concert for pro-Russian separatists in Crimea, Sky News reported.

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