Australian beauty Naomi Watts jumped at the chance to star in Hollywood re-make King Kong because she is a huge fan of New Zealand-born film-maker Peter Jackson.

The Mulholland Drive actress has no great love for computer effects-laden blockbusters - but she couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with OSCAR-winning director Jackson, who was catapulted to fame by the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.

She tells British movie magazine HOTDOG, "The director plays a big part in my choices. I don't know if I'd do King Kong if Peter Jackson wasn't attached."

23/03/2005 17:10