OSCAR-winner Nicole Kidman was turned down for the lead role in JOHN LE CARRE adaptation THE CONSTANT GARDENERS, because she's too told.

The 36-year-old Cold Mountain beauty was in the running for the role of TESSA QUAYLE in City of God director Fernando Meirelles's upcoming movie.

But after meeting with Nicole, Meirelles decided she was too old for the role and set about pursuing her best friend Naomi Watts, 35, instead.

However, because of her commitments on Peter Jackson's King Kong remake, Naomi turned the role down and now Titanic beauty Kate Winslet, 28, is the frontrunner.

10/02/2004 21:00