Michael Stipe was in the running to play Greg Kinnear's OSCAR-nominated part in AS GOOD AS IT GETS - but rejected the script sent to him.

The REM singer is keen to break into acting but he was ultimately overlooked for the role of Jack Nicholson's gay neighbour.

But he admits he will have to improve his script analysis skills because James L Brooks' treatment was also nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD.

The 45-year-old told American magazine BLENDER, "I read the first 10 pages and I said, 'This is s**t'."

02/02/2005 17:41