Screen legend Paul Newman came to the aid of a woman who had been the victim of a mugging - but drew the line at physical heroism.

The ROAD TO PERDITION star, 78, was out walking in New York's Central Park, when he was approached by a distraught woman who had just had her bag snatched.

Newman, looking at the fleeing robber, quipped, "Thirty years ago, I would have chased that guy down, but now I'm going to let you use my cellphone to call the cops."

07/07/2003 02:34