Movie stars Colin Firth and Kelly Preston are rebelling against plans to stage the premiere of their new movie What A Girl Wants during wartime by pulling out of press junkets for the film.

The movie is one of only a few that is going ahead with a glitzy premiere this week (ends28MAR03). Parties for BASIC and Boat Trip have been scrapped out of respect for troops in Iraq.

But Brit Firth, who plays a stuck-up aristocrat who discovers he has an American love child in the film, is refusing to fly to America for promotional duties and Preston, his former flame in the movie, has also pulled out of junkets.

Neither are expected to attend the Hollywood premiere tonight (27MAR03).