Gene Hackman regretted offering pal Dustin Hoffman a place to sleep when they were struggling actors - because the TOOTSIE star insisted on bathing naked in his sink.

Hoffman slept on the floor of THE FRENCH CONNECTION star's kitchen when the pair were trying to find work in New York in the 1960s.

And the RAIN MAN star used to upset Hackman and his wife by bathing while they were eating breakfast.

Hoffman recalls, "I would have to take a bath while they were making breakfast. When I had my morning bathroom, I didn't care whether they were making eggs or not.

"He's held that against me for 40 years."

13/10/2003 21:10