British screen legend SIR Michael Caine was axed from the remake of his classic film The Italian Job, even though he agreed to appear.

The star, who made a brief cameo in the flop remake of Get Carter, was keen to take part in the updated version - which reaches British cinema screens next month (SEP03), starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton.

But producer Donald De Line explains, "I asked if he'd do something in it and he said, 'sure.'

"But then we figured it was probably better to be less reverential since we were creating a new story. It would have been too much of an inside nod."

18/08/2003 02:41