Sean Penn is set for another controversial movie role - as the furniture salesman who attempted to assassinate former president RICHARD NIXON.

The actor, who upset many Americans by making a fact-finding trip to Iraq early this year (03) in a bid to see for himself if war with in the Middle East was necessary, will play SAMUEL BYCK (corr), who almost joined the ranks of infamy in 1974.

Penn says, "He tried to kill Nixon by hijacking an airplane and crashing it into the Oval Office. "He got on a plane, a commercial airliner, in Baltimore. He never got off the ground. Once again, I'm in the feel-good picture of the year."

The Assassination of Richard Nixon will open next year (04).

14/11/2003 19:03