Director Ridley Scott based Nicolas Cage's obsessive compulsive character in new film MATCHSTICK MEN on himself.

The Gladiator filmmaker says troubled con man ROY WALLER's obsession with hygiene is something he suffers with.

He explains, "The character Cage plays is like me. No, actually it is me.

"I made the awful mistake of putting white floors into my Los Angeles house. It looked great and I was thrilled. Then the first guests came and I almost despaired."

25/09/2003 17:19