M*A*S*H star Elliott Gould regrets naming his son BAZOOKA SAM - because it marked the child out as peculiar from an early age.

The 65-year-old actor opted for the offbeat moniker after he and wife JENNIFER BOGART became hooked on popular bubblegum brand BAZOOKA JOE.

But unfortunately for the OCEAN'S ELEVEN star, other people just found the strange name off putting.

He says, "I wanted to conjure up the image of my son happily blowing bubbles. Instead some people thought of the grenade launching weapon.

"Sam never really liked it anyway and, after a while, the name just sort of went pop."

20/02/2004 17:12