OSCAR winning actor Adrien Brody has found himself a new best friend in the form of a ventriloquist's dummy.

THE PIANIST star is currently starring in new project DUMMY and was required to get close to the mute doll in order to fully immerse himself in his new role.

But even Brody deemed his new found affection for the inanimate object slightly worrying.

He says, "I had two weeks to become very comfortable and familiar with this little wooden boy. My mom would come over and visit, and I would have the dummy in bed, me in my pajamas, watching instructional videos. It was strange."

11/09/2003 17:20