Ewan McGregor may be lusted after by film fans, but his wife preferred to cast another actor in the lead role for her first film.

French designer-turned-screenwriter EVE MAVRAKIS told her disappointed DOWN WITH LOVE star husband she wanted Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL hunk Johnny Depp for her movie FOR LOVE OF ART.

Ewan moans, "After it was finished, she said, 'Do you know who I'd really like to play the lead role? Johnny Depp!' So I said, 'Thank you very much - that's nice.'"

However, Moulin Rouge! star McGregor believes the thriller won't ever make it to mainstream cinemas if it ever gets made.

He adds, "It's a dark story about snuff art, in which people are actually killed for the sake of art.

"The lead role of the detective is a drinking, womanising, despicable character and it's hard to get films made about characters who are not likeable."

14/10/2003 17:04