Speed lessons Charlize Theron took for her role in revamped heist movie THE ITALIAN JOB are causing her all kinds of problems - because now she can't slow down.

The sexy Cider House Rules actress has already been pulled over twice for speeding since wrapping the film.

She says, "We spent five months speeding around in Minis. I don't think of myself as like a speed freak but I do realise that deep inside myself that need is encouraged.

"When we went to driving school we were constantly encouraged to push these cars. Then, when we got out for the day, sometimes you lose perspective. It happens.

"Twice I was stopped by a policeman. Once it worked to tell him it was for a movie, and once it didn't."

07/05/2003 01:48