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Law and Miller at Alfie premiere
Jude Law and Sienna Miller
Law co-stars with partner Sienna Miller in the new version of Alfie
Actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller have attended the world premiere of Alfie, a remake of the 1966 movie, in London.

Law plays a serial womaniser, originally portrayed by Michael Caine, who seduces a string of women including Nikki - played by Law's partner Miller.

Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei also star in the movie, which updates the original film and moves the action from London to New York.

Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart were among those at the Leicester Square premiere.

I play this guy with a smile, on an up and on a buzz, which is not me at all
Jude Law

The Rolling Stones frontman and the former-Eurythmics singer-songwriter wrote the movie's sound track together.

Oscar-nominated actor Law, 31, has admitted he was nervous about taking on a role associated so closely with Sir Michael.

But he said: "I'm very proud of it and I just hope other people enjoy seeing it as much as I did making it.

"We were very true, I hope, to Alfie's opinions, his philosophies but what we had to alter was the world around him. The women in that world have changed more than men in the last 40 years."

'Flattery'

Law insisted he had nothing in common with his womanising character and said the role was "exhausting" to play.

"I play this guy with a smile, on an up and on a buzz, which is not me at all," he said.

"I had to maintain it for 17 hours a day, six days a week for four months."

Sir Michael, who was not at Thursday's premiere, has given the remake his seal of approval.

He described it as "a form of flattery".

Original script

Director Charles Shyer said Sir Michael had given his approval and offered advice on the remake.

Shyer said: "We were at a dinner party together and he was the first person to say to me Jude Law was right for the part."

Miller, 22, who wore a black camisole and matching trousers, admitted she was nervous about attending the premiere.

"It's my first big thing but it's really exciting and it's great to be here," she said.

The original script, by late Irish writer Bill Naughton, has been re-worked by Elaine Pope, one of the team behind hit US sitcom Seinfeld.

Alfie opens in the UK on 22 October and the US on 5 November.


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