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I turned down Top Gun, but I'm still a high flyer; SAYS LINDA FIORENTINO.

She turned down the chance to star in smash hits Top Gun and Basic Instinct - but sultry Linda Fiorentino has no regrets.

Now, instead of dwelling on her past mistakes, she's made yet another bizarre career move.

The Hollywood stunner, who played the ultimate femme fatale in The Last Seduction, stars in the outrageous sci- fi pic, Men in Black.

And she said: "It's not the kind of part I'd normally play, but the director, Barry Sonenfield, told me that no matter how hard I asked him, I wouldn't get to take my clothes off.

"I had to laugh."

Linda, 37, has always favoured low-budget cult films and shied away from the big Hollywood blockbusters.

And she's so determined not to play the "token female" that she's turned down a string of roles, including the one which catapulted Kelly McGillis to fame in Top Gun.

She added: "Turning down Top Gun probably wasn't an intelligent career move, but I didn't want to be in that kind of film.

"It was a macho film and I didn't want to be the girlfriend who waits around for her man to give her his testosterone trip."

Linda also knocked back the role Uma Thurman played in We're No Angels, and the part of a psychiatrist in Basic Instinct.

She added: "Basic Instinct revolved around the Sharon Stone part, and since I couldn't have that, I would have felt very frustrated.

"Besides, no one expected it to become such a huge hit."

The sexy actress put her career on the map when she starred as megabitch Bridget Gregory in the 1994 thriller The Last Seduction.

After that she appeared in erotic thriller Jade, but her reputation took a nosedive when the flick was panned by critics and failed at the box office.

Now she hopes Men in Black will help turn her career around.

The film centres on intergalactic FBI agents, played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who track down alien criminals. Linda plays a coroner who examines the alien corpses they bring in.

She said: "It was great fun working with Tommy and Will.

"Tommy likes to put on this arrogant smiling act and test you to see whether you're ready to play tough with him.

"But he was quite a gentleman with me."

Scots screen fans can also see Linda back in a more familiar role in the supernatural thriller Unforgettable, with Ray Liotta, which is released today.

AND Linda hopes both new movies will help put her career back on track.

But she said: "I don't mind achieving success a little later in the game.

"I think I'm more aware of what I can do as an actress now, as opposed to 10 years ago. I think I know what types of films to avoid and what types of roles I shouldn't play."

Although she is usually seen as a tough cookie on screen, Linda hasn't had a serious boyfriend for five years and says she's very shy.

She added: "I can't make a play for guys - I find it very hard. I'm not a predator when it comes to men.

"I'm sure some are disappointed when they meet me and find out I'm not ready to grab their crotch and push them against a wall.

"That's just not me."
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Date:Jul 11, 1997
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