Hollywood star Tom Cruise rushed to Penelope Cruz's Moroccan film set in a last-ditch attempt to save their relationship - but his gesture was snubbed by the actress.

The Minority Report hunk - whose split with the Spanish beauty was announced last week (ends26MAR04) - took a private jet to the African setting of her movie SAHARA and lined up a romantic night in a camel-skin Bedouin tent, according to Britain's NEWS OF THE WORLD newspaper.

However, Cruise's efforts to rekindle their romance failed to impress Cruz - she insisted they stay in a luxury hotel instead.

A set insider says, "It was a wonderful romantic gesture, but it did not go to plan.

"After enduring two weeks of sandstorms and scorching daytime temperatures Penelope opted for an air-conditioned five-star hotel.

"We all thought she would be thrilled when Tom made the surprise visit, but she looked miserable."

28/03/2004 14:44