Paul Bettany refused to join co-star Russell Crowe for a game of rugby on the set Master And Commander: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD - because he had a better offer from wife Jennifer Connelly.

The hunky star didn't hesitate to snub Crowe's invite, because the idea of indulging into a contact sport with his castmates failed to compare to the prospect of a romantic liaison with his sexy A BEAUTIFUL MIND star spouse.

He laughs, "I was faced with the choice of 20 sweaty English actors I had already spent five days with, or to get in a car and go to Los Angeles and swim in a pool with Jennifer Connelly.

"A tough decision, but one that took me about half a second to make."

27/11/2003 13:44