Veteran movie star SIR Michael Caine refuses to bare his private parts in the name of art, because he fears he'll become the victim of "ridicule" if he does.

The 70-year-old Get Carter favourite has committed to films of all genres, but his versatility as an actor stops short of stripping for the cameras.

He says, "It's ridiculous to do a film with your bits hanging out. You hold yourself up to ridicule."

18/09/2003 14:05