ACTOR Ted Danson gazed at Loch Ness yesterday and said: ''I knew it would be beautiful, but in the summer sunshine it's just amazing. There is nowhere quite like it anywhere else in the world.
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''My great-grandfather was a MacMaster who emigrated from the Highlands to the States. I may try to trace my roots while I am here.''
The star of TV series Cheers later visited Inverness and was mobbed by fans. He is in Scotland for the shooting of a new movie, Loch Ness. Filming is due to start on location on September 12.
He said: ''It is a magical, romantic story and what better place could you get to film it than here.''
He added: ''It is a wonderful script and as soon as I saw it I had to take the part.''
The six-foot-plus star has taken up residence in a secret Highland hideaway and has flown over members of his family to join him for the two-month shoot.
He is currently rehearsing with Joely Richardson, the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and star of the controversial BBC TV series Lady Chatterley's Lover.
The movie is being made by London-based production company Working Title, which is enjoying a world-wide hit with Hugh Grant's Four Weddings And A Funeral.
In Inverness yesterday, Mr Danson, 46, coped admirably and spoke freely with locals as he handed out signed photographs.
Ms Julia Johnson, an American tourist, said: ''He was absolutely charming. He is definitely more handsome in the flesh than he is on the screen.''