Ben Stiller's actress wife Christine Taylor claims her funnyman husband has a serious side - except when he wears "a diaper on his head" to amuse their two-year-old daughter.

Taylor was initially attracted to Stiller, who she stars alongside in DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY, because of his intense level of eye contact during their conversations.

She says, "The thing that struck me the most about Ben when I first met him was that he looks you right in the eye when he talks to you. He listens. He's not thinking of the next joke.

"He is a serious guy, for sure, but that's not to say he doesn't have his funny moments, or act like a complete buffoon to make our daughter (ELIZA) laugh.

"He has a diaper on his head, marching around playing one of her toy instruments. Anything to get the child to laugh."

27/08/2004 14:17