Dukes Of Hazzard director Jay Chandrasekhar was convinced it would be a terrible idea to cast Jessica Simpson in the new movie - and she almost proved him right.

The filmmaker was reluctant to cast Simpson as DAISY DUKE in the movie version of the 1970s TV series - but she eventually convinced him she was perfect for the role.

CHANDRASEKHAR says, "I told the studio I wouldn't stunt-cast, that I didn't care who was popular at the moment, unless they could act.

"I expected her to be a diva. In the first take of her audition, she was nervous and stilted. I started making suggestions, and she incorporated everything I said, immediately. By the time we were done, she'd nailed it."

02/08/2005 02:57