THE LORD OF THE RINGS star Sean Astin fears he will never live down his humiliating performance on TV gambling show CELEBRITY POKER.

The actor, who played hobbit SAM GAMGEE in the movie trilogy, is still mocked by strangers for his shambolic card skills on BRAVO channel's star-studded series.

He complains, "I was on it once - and I bet everything on the first hand and lost. Now everywhere I go, people I've never met say to me, 'Hey man, you've really got to work on those cards.'"

17/12/2004 19:59