Dustin Hoffman deliberately set out to embarrass Robert De Niro on the set of sequel MEET THE FOCKERS - by invading his notoriously private co-star's personal space.

Hoffman, 67, enthusiastically kissed De Niro while cameras rolled, and was thrilled to make the OSCAR-winner blush.

Hoffman says, "I knew he didn't like people to invade his private space, so I felt his pecs and hugged him and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

"I wasn't trying to get to the character, I was trying to get to De Niro - and I got a couple of genuine blushes out of him."

26/01/2005 14:16