The Oscar-winning actor, 73, agreed a deal for his memoirs and was even sent an advance fee from the publishers.
He began work the book but soon became convinced it was “c**p” – so he scrapped the project and sent the money back to the unnamed publishing house.
The Silence of the Lambs star tells Britain’s Seven magazine, “Well, I started it but I sent the cheque back. Some publishing house. I told my agent I can’t be doing with all this stuff. Who’s interested in someone else’s life?… I’m not interested in my own life.
“Well, you get self-conscious about it, don’t you. I started writing and I thought: ‘Who the hell wants to read this c**p?'”