Veteran film star Gregory Peck is pleased with the current crop of Hollywood actors. His only problem is with the screenwriters.

"The quality of film acting is quite high," Peck said Friday at a fund-raiser for the Missouri Repertory Theater in Kansas City. "If there's a problem, it's the absence of really good scripts."Asked which current stars he admired, Peck mentioned Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and added, "I think this Matt Damon is going places."

Peck won an Academy Award for his role as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and played Captain Ahab in "Moby Dick."