KILL BILL star Lucy Liu admits that director Quentin Tarantino lavished her with praise before offering her a role in his eagerly-awaited new movie.

The sexy actress was astonished when she picked up the phone and found the Pulp Fiction filmmaker on the other side.

But her fears were quickly allayed when he launched into a long speech about her talent.

She recalls, "I picked up the phone and he didn't stop talking for 25 minutes straight, about how he f**king loved me in Shanghai Knights and how he had written this part for me and wanted me to read it.

"In one sitting I read the entire thing, it was fantastic."

03/06/2003 21:07