IN AMERICA star Djimon Hounsou refuses to take beds for granted because he didn't have one until he was 18-years-old.

The OSCAR-nominated actor admits his humble beginnings in Benin meant he didn't have the luxury of sleeping in his own bed and now he places a lot of value in having a mattress to relax on each night.

He says, "I was born in West Africa, where as a child I slept on a concrete floor covered by a blanket.

"It wasn't as tough as it sounds, and it was even quite good for my back.

"I was 18 years old when I got my first bed, and since then I have always taken beds seriously. A good bed invites you in, and once you enter, completely envelops your body. At the end of the day this is where you surrender your journey, so you need to make it comfortable."

27/08/2004 19:53