Actor Ethan Hawke is having a problem playing a cocaine-loving character in the stage revival of HURLYBURLY - he's constantly going home with a bloody nose.

Hawke will appear in the off-Broadway show - based in 1980s Hollywood - until 5 March (05), but he's currently stuck with the problem of trying to stop the side-effects of playing a drug-snorting addict.

He says, "I snort all this fake cocaine. It's sugar or something, some sugar substitute.

"My nose is always bleeding. I have to figure it out. As the play goes on I'm sure I'll snort less of it."

24/01/2005 02:55