Actress Jennifer Beals turned down a lucrative chance to reprise her popular role in a sequel to hit movie FLASHDANCE - because artistic credibility is more important to her than money.

The ROGER DODGER star accepts her career would have been given a massive boost by the venture, and admits her agents were "losing their minds" when she turned down the offer.

But the onetime Hollywood favourite has no regrets about her decision.

She says, "I've never been drawn to something by virtue of how rich or famous it will make me. I turned down so much money, and my agents were just losing their minds.

"But I said, 'I don't need a million dollars. Why would I do a PEPSI commercial, or a whatever commercial? I don't even drink Pepsi, why would I do that?'

"I have no problem with money and I appreciate what it can do, but I think you really are in danger if you start doing things solely for money."

18/08/2003 13:47