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Hot Zeta-Jones warms to Sydney

March 10, 2008
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce at today's media call.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce at today's media call.
Photo: Peter Rae

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Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones complained about the stuffy atmosphere in the press conference room at the Sydney Opera House this morning.

"Is it hot in here or is it just me?" she asked, dressed in a Roberto Cavalli dress with cream Jimmy Choo heels.

"It's you!" gushed some males in the media contingent.

Comedian Merrick Watts presented the screen siren with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates and was rewarded with a kiss on the cheek. The Welsh actress, who arrived in Sydney yesterday to promote her new film, Death Defying Acts, by Australian director Gillian Armstrong, said she enjoys working with Australians.

Which is just as well, as the film also stars Australian actor Guy Pearce and comes after her recent appearance in South Australian director Scott Hicks' film No Reservations.

"I think there is a great camaraderie with us Aussies and Brits," she told reporters. "I felt very much at home.

"The funny thing is when Scott Hicks or Gillian Armstrong for that matter question (her character's) accent, it's like, 'What do you know?'."

Zeta-Jones, who is only in Sydney for three days, said she hoped to come back soon to make a movie here.

"I did a movie here years and years ago playing a little part in The Phantom, and I really loved working here," she said.

"I really got to see a bit of Australia so I would love to come back and do a movie some time."

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