Late film icon James Mason's grandson has decided to follow the NORTH BY NORTHWEST star's footsteps by becoming an actor.

Eighties pop singer Belinda Carlisle's son JAMES MASON JR, 12, refuses to join his mother in the music industry because he's determined to become his legendary namesake's successor.

The 46-year-old chanteuse confesses, "He hates music so there's no way he'll go in my direction. But he's fascinated by what his grandfather did and is adamant he'll be an actor, too. James and his friends are constantly making films and performing in plays."

James goes to school in France where Carlisle and her husband, former White House aide MORGAN MASON live.

12/07/2004 17:18