He proudly put on the item straight away, parading around Moscow Central department store in Red Square where the inexplicably popular garment was launched for the second time.
The T-shirt (which you’ll be pleased to know comes in an array of colours, although Rourke went for versatile grey) features Putin staring pensively into the distance, wearing a sailor’s hat and surrounded by flowers, possibly to enhance the Russian President’s softer side.
It’s not even one of those situations in which someone wears a band T-shirt despite the fact they have no knowledge of the music; Rourke knows exactly who Putin is and what he’s about, but he likes him anyway.
“If I didn't like him, I wouldn't buy the T-shirt believe me,” he told press outside the store.
“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.”
But truly, the actor’s love of Russia and its leader has nothing to do with political allegiance.
“I have a Russian girlfriend, that’s all I care about,” he said. “Her father is a good person, her mother’s great, her babushka’s wonderful. To me it’s all about family. I don’t give a f**k about the politics. That’s not my department.”
Rourke, who chose a grey Putin T-shirt, spoke fondly about the Russian President.
"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," he said.
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