Movie star Meg Ryan feared she'd become a victim of Mike Tyson's famous temper when she argued with him over her identity.

Tyson was convinced the WHEN HARRY MET SALLY star was Melanie Griffith when he invited her to take photographs of him working out in preparation for his Memphis, Tennessee, fight with Lennox Lewis in 2002.

The actress admits she was trembling throughout her encounter with the boxer - especially when he became annoyed when he mistook her for ANTONIO BANDERAS' wife.

She recalls, "I somehow got into his dressing room while he was preparing and the whole time I'm thinking, 'How did I get into this?' He was kind of ignoring me and then he looked at me and he said, 'I seen your mama's babies.'

"I said, 'I don't know what you mean,' and he goes, 'The lions and the tigers.'

"I'm so nervous, and the more I didn't understand the more angry he got. I thought, 'Does he think I'm like an actor who has an animal sanctuary?'

"I said, 'I'm not Brigitte Bardot.' I don't know why I said that. Someone finally pointed out I was Meg Ryan and he said, 'I like Meg a lot, she's a great singer.' It was just so confusing.

"It turned out that he thought my mom was Tippi Hedren. When he found out I wasn't Melanie Griffith, he kicked me out. Later, we went back in and he was very gracious."

15/02/2004 21:10