Hunky actor Joaquin Phoenix may have been picked to play country legend Johnny Cash in a new biopic - but he is 4 inches (10 centimetres) shorter than the singer.

The GLADIATOR star has signed to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in WALK THE LINE and critics have noted he doesn't quite match up to the BOY NAMED SUE hitmaker.

But director JAMES MANGOLD says, "Joaquin is such an incredible actor. He can play anything - including height."

01/05/2003 13:10