WILD THINGS star Matt Dillon is horrified by the number of fame-hungry people there are in the world, as he refuses to be motivated by the lure of further acclaim.

The screen hunk pities ambitious starlets desperate for money and notoriety, as he knows there is so much more to life.

He says, "I met this girl the other day and she says to me, 'I want to be rich. I want to be famous.'

"I said to her, 'Is that really what you want? Is that what you want on your tombstone: 'She was really famous'?

"Fame and wealth aren't virtuous things and they shouldn't be ends in themselves.

"I've got some work I'm really proud of and some other stuff I hope stays in the dustbin, but I never made decisions on the basis of whether I was going to get more famous."