American rocker Frank Black looks up to late actor Robert Mitchum because the movie star played by his own rules.

The Pixies frontman took no time to think when he was asked by a journalist who he would chose to have a drink with at a bar in heaven.

Black, 40, says, "Robert Mitchum, because he's Robert Mitchum. He's his own man.

"I wouldn't ask him any questions. He's Robert Mitchum! You don't just walk up to Robert Mitchum and ask him questions.

"You just go up and maybe buy him a drink, and talk. You talk. You don't ask."