Hollywood actor John Cusack has uncovered his true reason for starring in the new thriller IDENTITY - he was desperate to meet Amanda Peet.

The 36-year-old screen hunk admits he was thrilled to be working with the actress - but things didn't turn out the way he'd hoped.

He says, "I didn't know her, and I think she's really talented. I'm disappointed she doesn't fall in love with me in the movie. It was a great blow to my ego."

But in real life, Cusack, who's been recently linked to Meg Ryan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, has yet to find his leading lady.

He notes, "I need to start by seeing if I can keep a plant alive, and then I'll go from there."

16/05/2003 19:58