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Michael Caine confirms he is not ready to give up working


Sir Michael Caine has confirmed he is not stepping away from the Hollywood mainstream after prompting retirement rumours during a recent interview.

The veteran star, now 88, was appearing on BBC Radio 5 to promote his latest movie Best Sellers when he bemoaned the lack of opportunities for older actors. 

He referred to the film as ‘my last part, really,’ noting that he has limited mobility and adding: ‘There’s not exactly scripts pouring in for a leading man that’s 88, you know?’

He has since clarified that he will not be walking away from the acting world in a tongue-in-cheek post shared with followers on Saturday. 

Using his iconic catchphrase, the British star wrote: ‘I’m not retiring, and not a lot of people know that!’

Still here: Sir Michael Caine has confirmed he is not stepping away from the Hollywood mainstream after prompting retirement rumours during a recent interview

Still here: Sir Michael Caine has confirmed he is not stepping away from the Hollywood mainstream after prompting retirement rumours during a recent interview

During his recent interview Sir Michael, who began acting in 1953 when he took a job at a repertory company in West Sussex, said that ‘I haven’t worked for two years and I have a spine problem which affects my legs so I can’t walk very well.’

Further he pointed to the memoirs he has been publishing over the past several years – The Elephant In Hollywood in 2010 and Blowing The Bloody Doors Off in 2018.

‘And I also wrote a book, a couple of books which were published and were successful so I’m now not an actor – I’m a writer,’ he said.

Appearing on Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review he told the hosts his literary lifestyle was ‘lovely because as an actor you have to get up half past six in the morning and go to the studio. As a writer you can start writing without leaving the bed.’

Bowing out: Sir Michael announced in an interview this week that he is probably retiring from acting now at the age of 88; pictured this August at the Karlovy Vary film festival

Bowing out: Sir Michael announced in an interview this week that he is probably retiring from acting now at the age of 88; pictured this August at the Karlovy Vary film festival

Last act: The legendary star of stage and screen was appearing on BBC Radio 5 to promote his latest movie Best Sellers co-starring Aubrey Plaza

Last act: The legendary star of stage and screen was appearing on BBC Radio 5 to promote his latest movie Best Sellers co-starring Aubrey Plaza

Sir Michael shared that ‘I think’ that Best Sellers ‘would be’ his last film as ‘there haven’t been any offers obviously for two years because nobody’s been making any movies I’d wanna do. But also I’m 88. There’s not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man who’s 88, you know?’ 

After jobbing around as an actor for years in the 1950s he finally made his debut in the 1956 film A Hill In Korea – about a war of which he was a real-life veteran.

He continued to make celebrated films throughout the 1960s, including the drama Alfie which earned him his first Oscar nomination.

As the decade wore on he also appeared in the iconic caper The Italian Job amid a cast that included Noel Coward and Benny Hill.

Origin story: After jobbing around as an actor for years in the 1950s he finally made his debut in the 1956 film A Hill In Korea - about a war of which he was a real-life veteran

Origin story: After jobbing around as an actor for years in the 1950s he finally made his debut in the 1956 film A Hill In Korea – about a war of which he was a real-life veteran

Ladies' man: He continued to make celebrated films throughout the 1960s, including the drama Alfie which earned him his first Oscar nomination

Ladies’ man: He continued to make celebrated films throughout the 1960s, including the drama Alfie which earned him his first Oscar nomination

Sir Michael’s career continued through the decades, including with the 1972 film Sleuth that saw him nominated for an Oscar against his co-star Laurence Olivier.

His beloved performances continued into the 1980s, the decade when he finally won his first Oscar for the Woody Allen film Hannah And Her Sisters.

One of his best-loved roles of the 1980s was Educating Rita, in which he played opposite Julie Walters in her star-making role as a Pygmalian-Galatea duo. 

The following decade he earned another Oscar for The Cider House Rules and at the turn of the millennium he was finally given a knighthood.

Top-flight: As the decade wore on he also appeared in the caper The Italian Job amid a cast that included Benny Hill, Margaret Blye, George Innes, Michael Standing and Raf Vallone

Top-flight: As the decade wore on he also appeared in the caper The Italian Job amid a cast that included Benny Hill, Margaret Blye, George Innes, Michael Standing and Raf Vallone

In his twilight years he delighted fans with roles in hit movies such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy where he played the faithful butler Alfred.

Sir Michael evidently had a fruitful working relationship with the director as they also collaborated on Inception as well as Christopher’s latest film Tenet.

Best Sellers was shot just before the coronavirus pandemic swept the world and was finally released last month to mixed reviews.

The leading man plays an elderly drunken author who is drawn out of his reclusive retirement to go on a book tour. 

Duo: His beloved performances continued into the 1980s including the Woody Allen film Hannah And Her Sisters where he is pictured with Mia Farrow

Duo: His beloved performances continued into the 1980s including the Woody Allen film Hannah And Her Sisters where he is pictured with Mia Farrow

Through the years: One of his best-loved roles of the 1980s was Educating Rita, in which he played opposite Julie Walters in her star-making role as a Pygmalian-Galatea duo

Through the years: One of his best-loved roles of the 1980s was Educating Rita, in which he played opposite Julie Walters in her star-making role as a Pygmalian-Galatea duo

Aubrey plays the young woman who has inherited a publishing house and is dragging the grand old literary lion back on the road to salvage the firm financially. 

Although Best Sellers is likely to be the ‘last part’ that Michael will play onscreen, it will not be his final film release.

Before he shot Best Sellers he filmed a role for a Czech war film called Medieval, reportedly the most expensive movie made in the Czech Republic.

Although Medieval was shot around Bohemia near the end of 2018 it has undergone a number of postponements and is not due out until next year.

Beloved: In his twilight years he delighted fans with roles in hit movies such as Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy where he played the faithful butler Alfred

Beloved: In his twilight years he delighted fans with roles in hit movies such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy where he played the faithful butler Alfred



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