Sigourney Weaver has shattered her action heroine image by insisting she suffers from phobias of earthquakes and elevators in real life.
The actress is best known for her role as rifle-wielding monster killer Ellen Ripley in Alien, but she admits she could never be that brave because she's actually terrified of a number of things.
She explains, "I'm very different from my image. I have faced aliens, ghosts and gorillas on film but in real life many things frighten me. Like taking elevators. I've been trapped in one a couple of times. If I'm alone in an elevator I'm scared to death. I always check when it was last inspected. And I could never live in Los Angeles for the fear of earthquakes. I'm not brave and run up mountains and stuff.
"I became the female Harrison Ford, which was odd since I'm not even a fan of action movies. In fact, I miss half of pictures like Alien when I watch because I look away at all those scary parts."