Mike Myers thrilled Gwyneth Paltrow's late dad BRUCE by basing the lead character in his new film THE Cat In The Hat on the writer and director.

However, Myers is upset Bruce died last year (02), meaning he never got the chance to see his characterisation in the Dr Seuss adaptation.

He says, "Gwyneth introduced me to her dad and he spoke like I imagined the Cat would speak, so that's him.

"He died the first week of shooting, which was very sad. I told him about a month before he passed, 'I'm basing the character on you.'"

11/11/2003 09:44