Russell Crowe has declared his support for embattled premier Daniel Andrews.

The Oscar-winning actor tweeted that the Victorian leader was “doing a good job” on Thursday night.

His praise came after thousands of businesses were forced to shut their doors in the hopes that the spread of coronavirus will be slowed down.

The move has put 400,000 people out of work and cost the national economy $12 billion.

“You’re doing a good job Dan. It must feel like you are pushing the proverbial up a hill everyday,” wrote Crowe.

“Remember what they say, if you find yourself going through hell … just keep doing. Thank you for your continuous effort. You are saving lives. Just keep going.”

The tweet received mixed responses with some agreeing with the Gladiator star and others saying he was out of touch.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the combined effect of stage three and four restrictions would reduce GDP by between $10 billion and $12 billion in the September quarter.

“This is a heavy blow, a heavy blow,” he said.

With an estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Victorians out of work, the national unemployment rate will reach 10 per cent before December – higher than the previously predicted 9.25 per cent.

This article originally appeared on Over60.