Collins was the first choice for the ELI STONE role
has learned he wasn't the first choice to play actor JONNY LEE
MILLER's musical conscience in quirky new TV show ELI STONE -
producers approached PHIL COLLINS before him.
The Faith singer,
who appears to Miller's troubled lawyer character in dream
sequences, reveals he wasn't television bosses go-to guy because
they felt sure he'd turn them down. Michael says, "Apparently,
the studio didn't think I'd say yes. They wrote it for Phil
Collins, I think." But producers needn't have fretted -
Michael accepted the job as soon as they offered it to him. He
adds, "They said they wanted to name each episode after a
song of mine. It's all flattering to the ego, isn't it?"
Eli Stone debuts
in America on 31 January 08.