Action man Vin Diesel is begging Mel Gibson to help him get his pet movie project HANNIBAL into production.

The XXX hunk complains he's tired of waiting to find out if he can play the Carthaginian general HANNIBAL BARCA, who led his army and elephants over the Alps to attack Italian capital Rome.

Diesel, 37, speaking to gossip website THE SCOOP, says "Hannibal is forever haunting me on the horizon, waiting.

"I don't want to jinx our plans by being too specific, but if we keep our fingers crossed, we're going to try and get started this year.

"I've had meetings with Mel Gibson and some other producers so things really are happening this time."

03/03/2005 21:07