Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman repeatedly rejected the chance to work with STEVEN SPIELBERG - preferring to create a number of reasons to snub such coveted roles.

The 67-year-old OSCAR-winning actor declined the offer to star in 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as Spielberg's Holocaust epic Schindler's List as he battled with his own insecurities over accepting such parts.

Hoffman eventually teamed up with Spielberg on 1991's critically-mauled Peter Pan fantasy HOOK.

Of regrets, he says, "A lot. I had a chance to work with (FREDERICO) FELLINI and said no. Twice I was going to work with Ingmar Bergman. Spielberg sent me three or four films, which I turned down.

"He asked me to do Close Encounters, and I didn't want to do it. had very silly reasons that I regret now. Schindler's List, AMISTAD... It's shocking that I got so tied up in reasons not to take parts. But I'm working through it."

09/01/2005 22:01