THE MATRIX star Hugo Weaving has blasted reports circulated by RUSSELL CROWE that a poor script led to the cancellation of Australia-based movie EUCALYPTUS - he insists it was great.

The film, starring Crowe, Weaving and Nicole Kidman, was shelved earlier this year (05) as news circulated that the script was unworkable.

Weaving refuses to speculate on reports the film fell apart due to disagreements between Crowe and director Jocelyn Moorhouse, but he's happy to defend the script, which was adapted by Moorhouse from MURRAY BAIL's 1998 novel of the same name.

"I just wanted to say how good the script was and that was a commonly held view. I just wanted to right what I thought was the imbalance."

But the cancellation of the film has worked out well for Weaving - it allowed him to sign up to star alongside Natalie Portman in new movie V FOR VENDETTA.

He tells Australian newspaper the HERALD SUN, "In a way it was quite lucky for them that Eucalyptus had fallen through because I wouldn't have been able to do it otherwise."

Weaving replaced James Purefoy in the role after the Brit departed the project. He's rumoured to be among the favourites to become the new James Bond in Casino Royale.

12/06/2005 10:42