Actor MATT LeBLANC's stunt double has been awarded a staggering $81,000 (GBP45,000) for the life-threatening injuries he sustained while standing in for the former FRIENDS star, in war movie All the King's Men.

ANDY SMART sued movie giant Streamline Film-Produktion (corr) for negligence, after he fell more than 13 feet from an abseil rope and was rushed to hospital with broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

The film company's claim Smart did not check the rope was rejected by a High Court.

07/07/2005 03:00