Following reports that Madonna is up for a role as a gipsy, The Alchemist author PAULO COELHO has indicated he'd like a cameo role in the big-screen adaptation of his novel.

Originally, the Brazilian writer had been opposed to early drafts of the script, but since the intervention of MATRIX star Laurence Fishburne as director and writer, the 55-year-old literary giant has changed his mind.

Coelho says, "I hope the movie does as well as the book - Laurence deserves it."

21/08/2003 13:22