THE GREEN MILE star Gary Sinise was treated to a private tour of two of Saddam Hussein's palaces during a recent trip to Baghdad, and he still can't believe how tacky they were.

The actor, who is a hero to the American armed forces thanks to his role as LIEUTENANT DAN in Forrest Gump, expected Hussein's homes to be beautifully decorated, but he discovered the former Iraqi leader had terrible taste.

He says, "They're like bad Las Vegas. The insides are very gauche and not very pretty - but expensive. He spent a lot of money on himself.

"There's one painting in one of the ballrooms and I had my picture taken in front of it and there's ballistic missiles firing off into the sky and that's his artistic taste - missiles!"

12/09/2003 09:29