Actor Mickey Rourke has said he “doesn’t give a f**k” about calling a journalist a faggot.

The star used the derogatory term last November when the reporter asked him whether he was dating actress Evan Rachel Wood.

Drunk, Rourke then lashed out with: “She’s a good friend, that’s it. And tell that faggot who wrote all that s**t in the paper I’d like to break his f*****g legs.”

He has refused to apologise for using the homophobic slur and told reporters this week: “I don’t really give a f**k. Life’s too short.

“I have more gay friends than any 50 straight people I know, so I don’t really give a s**t.

“I meant what I said.”

In response, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said: “This is a slur that, regardless of what Mickey Rourke has convinced himself that it means, is often the last word that gay people, and gay youth in particular, hear before they’re bullied, harassed or assaulted.

“Rourke is showing himself to be painfully ignorant of how this vulgar, abusive slur feeds a climate of anti-gay hatred, intolerance and violence.

“Rourke either needs to figure this out, or media needs to stop giving him a platform for promoting these kinds of slurs.”