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There was some Mini-madness in London's Leicester Square on Tuesday, as Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg turned out for the premiere of their new flick The Italian Job.

The film was inspired by Michael Caine's 1969 classic, in which a convoy of Minis is chased through the streets of Turin. And the huge crowd of fans who turned out for the screening were treated to a display of spectacular stunt driving, as some Mini Coopers were taken through their paces.

The film's stars were clearly a little nervous about how British audiences would receive the new movie. "This is going to be a hard one. If it does well here we know we're okay," said Charlize. "We are all aware that everyone loves the original over here - we haven't tried to remake the original, it's just a nice respectful nod to it."

Wearing a pink Douglas Hannett gown, the South African actress was also taken aback by the number of fans who came along to the screening. "It's insane, I never expected anything like this," she said. "It's really nice, but I'm a little overwhelmed."

Hunky Mark Wahlberg, who reprises Michael Caine's role, said he hoped his predecessor would appreciate their efforts. "I haven't spoken to him," he revealed. "But I'd love to know if he saw the movie or liked it."

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Looking elegant in a Douglas Hannett gown, Charlize admitted to feeling "a little overwhelmed" by the reception she received in Leicester SquarePhoto: © PAClick on photos for gallery
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Mark Wahlberg said he hopes that Sir Michael Caine will like the flickPhoto: © PA

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