THE LORD OF THE RINGS star Viggo Mortensen refuses to apologise for his recent attack on US President GEORGE BUSH - maintaining the political leader is a "beast".

The outspoken actor hit out at Bush after his controversial handling of Hurricane Katrina, but also disagrees with the President's Iraq policies, gossip site The Scoop reports.

He fumes, "I'm not anti-Bush; I'm anti-Bush behaviour. In other words, I'm against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his administration.

"Cindy Sheehan (peace activist whose son was killed in Iraq) and how badly Katrina was bungled are two shots to the heart. I hope the beast does fall down soon."