Sarah Michelle Gellar was so desperate to bring husband Freddie Prinze Jr a real Samurai sword back from Japan, she got the government to help her sidestep customs laws.

The actress - who was filming horror movie The Grudge in Japan over the summer (04) - was banned from exporting the sword, because it's classed as a dangerous weapon.

But she explains, "I had to bring back a Japanese Samurai sword, which you cannot take out of the country, but I got one.

"I had to appeal to the ministry and explain to the government that this was not going to be used as a weapon. You know it was a complicated process."

25/10/2004 17:18