Hollywood hunk Johnny Depp was forced to stay away from the New York premiere of his movie SECRET WINDOW last night (07MAR04), after an ear infection stopped him from flying.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL star was expected to jet in from his French home to appear at the unveiling of his new film - the location of which was altered especially for him - but his ailment kept him grounded.

American TV personality Regis Philbin, says, "Johnny was gonna come. (Film studio) COLUMBIA put the movie premiere here in New York because he lives in Paris and it would be easier for him to fly to New York than fly to LA.

"He got on the plane and had to leave because he has an ear infection and was afraid to fly. So it turned out that I was the biggest name in the house!"

08/03/2004 21:26