THE OFFICE star Mackenzie Crook made a spectacular error when he told his castmates he was too busy filming with Al Pacino to attend the GOLDEN GLOBES - because the legendary actor turned up.

The 32-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL star is filming SHAKESPEARE adaptation The Merchant Of Venice with Pacino in Italy and was convinced he couldn't make the glitzy bash.

But much to the delight of pals Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman, he was left red-faced thanks to the GODFATHER star.

Crook laughs, "I told everyone I couldn't go on as I was filming in Venice with Al Pacino. Then Al turned up at the Globes."

06/02/2004 13:33