Date: 31st July 2001
Hollywood has defended the casting of JOHNNY DEPP as romantic English poet LORD BYRON in a new film.
British actor JUDE LAW turned down the role of the man who kept a bear as a pet at university and slept with his half-sister.
Producer BILLY CLARK has said that only Depp was good enough to take on the complex part. The film BYRON is likely to also star controversial actress ANGELINA JOLIE as Byron's sister-lover.
It won't be the first time an American has played the English poet. RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN played him in the 1972 movie LADY CAROLINE LAMB (1972). (PDD/WNTEX)