Metal god Ozzy Osbourne is "the sweetest man" and sharper than he seems on TV, according to the family's new pal Elijah Wood.

LORD OF THE RINGS star Elijah is good friends with Ozzy's son Jack, and spends a lot of time with the reality TV star family. And he insists Ozzy gets a raw deal.

Elijah says, "Ozzy looks bizarre, with all the hair and tattoos. The first time I met him I thought, 'Help - what is this?' But he really is the sweetest man. He seems to be one of life's nice guys.

"You hear so much criticism of others in Hollywood. Actors are always b*tching about each other, directors keep complaining that they don't get the best films, film crews are always saying that they get a raw deal.

"Ozzy never complains. He doesn't criticise people or attack the work of other musicians. He knows that what he does is good enough to get a big audience.

"He also doesn't take himself too seriously. He has a way of looking at things on television and you're never too sure whether he's laughing. But when you're with him, you know that he's definitely laughing."

15/12/2003 03:14