Red-faced bosses of a hotel in Elk City, Oklahoma, have offered EWAN McGREGOR the chance to spend a night with them for free after turning him away for looking like a dirty biker.

The Scottish star tried to book into the empty HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS in Elk City when he was travelling through America on his motorbike last year (02) - but clerks didn't like the look of him.

He recalls, "It was completely empty and I pulled up on my bike. I walked in and I got off a big bike and they said, 'We're full.' I was riding away and it was a completely deserted car park."

Bosses at the Holiday Inn have since apologised for the gaffe, offering McGregor a free pass for their Elk City hotel.

The actor was handed his pass when he appeared on The Tonight Show in America on Monday night (15DEC03).

17/12/2003 09:06