French filmmaker Luc Besson says he found late music icon Prince "impossible" to work with.

Besson was eager to cast Prince in the 1997 sci-fi film The Fifth Element, but the role ultimately went to American comedian Chris Tucker, because Prince couldn't be relied upon.

Recalling the same, Besson told theguardian.com: "Ah, Prince. I love him but it was impossible. He said yes to the part.

"You make a meeting for Monday at noon and he turns up on Tuesday at six. Or he cancels three times. Always so charming and sweet, but the reality of musicians doesn't fit with film."

Prince died in April 2016.