Kline says, "I thought he (Sellers) was a genius and years ago I was offered... I did turn down Inspector Clouseau once a long time ago because it was too sacrosanct for me.
"I've been through that - when I played Richard III, it was so hard for me to forget Laurence Olivier, having seen the movie, that I spent more than half the time in rehearsals unlearning something that had been so ingrained.
"If something leaves that much of an impression I just stay away."
Kline admits he has turned down many roles in the past, including Chicago's BILLY FLYNN both onstage and on the big screen - and he has no regrets.
He explains, "I don't like talking about it but I do think, at times, what a resume I would have if I wrote down the things that I turned down. It's a much more impressive resume than the resume of the things I've actually done."21/06/2004 10:13