Irish actor JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS had an embarrassing encounter with a US visa processor recently, after the star was told he wasn't fit to play ELVIS PRESLEY.

The Bend It Like Beckham heart-throb went to the US embassy in London for the legal papers last month (DEC04), so he can work legally in America as he films his role as The King in a forthcoming TV mini-series ELVIS.

But at the British premiere of Alexander on Wednesday (06JAN05), Rhys-Meyers said, "I was at the US embassy trying to get a work visa and the guy there said, 'How can an Irishman play Elvis?' I didn't know what to say."

10/01/2005 09:41