Saturday, November 17, 2007

Australia's Bindi Irwin says no to Hollywood: manager

Australia's Bindi Irwin says no to Hollywood: manager

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's pint-sized wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin has declined an offer to move to Hollywood and star in a feature film, her manager John Stainton said. Stainton said the nine-year-old will stay at the Queensland zoo founded by her late father, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, where she lives with her mother Terri.

"There has been lots of interest from lots of parties in the States," Stainton told The Sun-Herald.

"But it's one of those things we're not doing. While Bindi lives at the zoo in Beerwah, she has every chance of being a normal kid.

"I think the influences she would get from having to live in Hollywood, or do a movie in Hollywood, would be different."

Steve Irwin, who became internationally famous for his television shows which featured risky stunts with dangerous animals, was killed in September 2006 when a stingray barb pierced his chest.

At the time, he was filming his daughter's wildlife-themed television programme, "Bindi: The Jungle Girl", in far north Queensland.

Since her father's death, Bindi, who has vowed to continue his work in wildlife conservation, has launched a clothing line and a children's fitness DVD, appeared in a stage show and become an official Australian tourism ambassador.

She also helps out at the zoo.

Stainton said if Bindi were to make a film, she would do so without leaving Austr


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