Matt Dillon Scouts Cambodia for New Film

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Hollywood heartthrob Matt Dillon has snuck quietly into Cambodia to scout locations for a new film, City of Ghosts his screenwriting debut in which he will also star, a report said Tuesday. 

The 36-year-old Dillon's 112-page script is reportedly set in the chaotic Cambodia of 1994, the year three Western backpackers were taken hostage by the Khmer Rouge and later brutally slain, the Cambodia Daily reported. 

"We're keeping this very low-key until everything is settled," Nicholas Simon, Dillon's spokesman, said of talks with Cambodian authorities on using Angkor Wat and an abandoned French hill-station as scenes for the film. 

"We'll talk to you after the first of the year, I promise," he said. 

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie left Cambodia last month after filming scenes of the new Tomb Raider movie at Angkor Wat. 

Jolie played the part of the pistol-packing archeologist Lara Croft, based on the heroine of a popular video game.  

The filming at Angkor drew some criticism from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization which said its violent plot was not suited to the heritage of ancient temples. 

Dillon's acting credits stretch from the leading role in the 1989 hit Drugstore Cowboy to playing a conman in the 1998 blockbuster There's Something About Mary. – AFP. 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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