OSCAR-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton admits he's often crippled by a bizarre phobia - old furniture.

The 49-year-old ARMAGEDDON star is petrified of antiques and refuses to sleep in a room with them.

He says, "I just sort of gag around antique furniture.

"Most especially the old English and European stuff. It is an odd phobia and it has always been with me."

"In London I always stay in the most modern, hippest hotel can find. I'm sure the other London hotels are quite grand but I couldn't step foot in one of them as I would never sleep."

14/11/2004 14:41