Kate Beckinsale snubbed hooker role over third breast concerns

Red top tales: Busty escort role not for Beckinsale; minister fired after raunchy home video goes online

LAST UPDATED AT 11:18 ON Fri 3 Aug 2012

KATE BECKINSALE was originally going to play the role of a three-breasted hooker in new film Total Recall. But she pulled out because she was terrified about how she would look with an extra boob, reports The Sun. Her husband Len Wiseman, who directed the action remake, proposed the cameo. But Beckinsale revealed at the film's Los Angeles premiere last night: "I started fretting about where they'd put the third one. Have I actually got room for a third one in the middle, or would it go to the side? Would it then be under an armpit and actually not sexy?" Canadian actress Kaitlyn Leeb ended up with the part instead.

MINISTER FIRED OVER RACY HOME VIDEO
Costa Rica's deputy minister for youth has been fired after a video of her lying on a bed in her underwear was posted on YouTube. In a 56-second video viewed by more than a million people, Karina Bolanos points at her breasts and invites a man she refers to as “little one” to join her. She claims the video was made years ago and put onto the internet by a computer engineer who stole it and was trying to extort money from her. Costa Rica's Ministry of Culture and Youth said the video made her position untenable, reports the Daily Mirror.

'NO BALLS' SLUR DEEMED ILLEGAL IN ITALY
Accusing someone of having 'no balls' could land you with a fine in Italy since the Italian Supreme Court ruled that it is a punishable offence, reports the New York Daily News. The case was brought to court by a lawyer named only as Vittorio against his cousin Alberto, a justice of the peace, who uttered the phrase during a heated courtroom exchange in the southern Italian city of Potenza. The judge deemed it to offend not only the target's "lack of virility" but also his "weakness of character, lack of determination, competence and coherence".

ELEPHANTS SING LOWER THAN BARRY WHITE
Elephants "sing like humans", say scientists, but at a frequency even lower than Barry White. Their “voices” are so low that humans cannot hear them. They apparently employ the same voice mechanism as human singers to generate deep "infrasound" rumbles to keep the herd together and for males to find mates, reports the Daily Mail. It allows the animals to communicate over distances of up to six miles. · 

For further concise, balanced comment and analysis on the week's news, try The Week magazine. Subscribe today and get 6 issues completely free.