Plans to have Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Anthony Hopkins and Drew Barrymore liven up Sunday's Hong Kong Film Awards have been scrapped because organisers cannot afford to foot the bill. The acting chairman of the Hong Kong Film Awards Association, Joe Cheung Tung-joe, said yesterday the four superstars had been on a proposed guest list to add celebrity appeal to the event. But the plan was abandoned, mainly because the association was unable to afford the required luxury hotel rooms, first-class air tickets and handling charges for private jets. According to Mr Cheung, association chairman Jackie Chan contacted Schwarzenegger through his manager, but the invitation was turned down because the actor was too busy. It is not known if the other stars were contacted. 'When Hollywood stars make overseas visits, they usually bring their whole team, such as the manager, personal assistants or even bodyguards. So it really costs a lot to bring the whole team here,' Mr Cheung said. The landing and handling charges for Tom Cruise's private jet are estimated to be more than $17,000, on top of parking fees of at least $350 for every six hours. A round-trip first-class flight between California and Hong Kong is about $75,000 and the Peninsula Hotel's top suite costs $39,000 a night. 'Our budget only runs to a few million dollars. We would be running out of budget even if we invited just one star,' Mr Cheng said. Jackie Chan, who is in the US, could not be reached for comment. Japanese actress Takako Tokiwa - who was in Andy Lau Tak-wah's recent film A Fighter's Blues - has been confirmed as the only presenter from overseas to attend the awards. Local stars will include actress Michelle Yeoh, composer James Wong, singer Anita Mui Yim-fong, and veteran film producer Raymond Chow. The awards will be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, from 8.30pm.