20+ Best Michael Caine Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Born on March 14, 1933, in London, Michael Caine went on to pursue a varied acting career. His first acclaimed role was as agent Harry Palmer in 1965’s The Ipcress File, and he went on to be featured in films like Alfie, The Italian Job, Sleuth, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series and many more. He’s won two Oscars, one for Hannah and Her Sisters and the other for The Cider House Rules.

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Michael Caine Quotes

I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier.

 

In the sixties, everyone you knew became famous. My flatmate was Terence Stamp. My barber was Vidal Sassoon. David Hockney did the menu in a restaurant I went to. I didn’t know anyone unknown who didn’t become famous.

 

When I look in the mirror, I see someone who’s happy with how he looks, because I was never one of the handsome Hollywood people. And I’ve had success as I’ve gotten older, because I’m able to play characters. I no longer get the girl, but I get the part.

 

My closest friends are Roger Moore, who is an actor, Sean Connery, who is an actor, Terry O’Neill, who is a photographer, Johnny Gold, who was the boss of Tramp, and Leslie Bricusse, who is a composer.

 

Save your money. You’re going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.

 

Obsession is a young man’s game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old.

 

To me, growing old is great. It’s the very best thing – considering the alternative.

 

What a lot of people don’t realize about gangs, in my opinion, is that a gang is not there to attack you. Eighty percent of the people in a gang are there to stop anyone from attacking them. You join a gang for protection, not to go out and hit someone.

 

Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It’s a company town, and I happen to like the company!

 

Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library.

 

I prefer to remake flops. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a remake of a flop, and The Quiet American is a remake of a flop.

 

At 69, I got the girl! And it wasn’t a 68-year-old girl, either.

 

I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn’t.

 

I’m every bourgeois nightmare – a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.

 

I felt a tremendous sadness for men who can’t deal with a woman of their own age.

 

My problem was that I was blond. There were no heroes with blond hair. Robert Taylor and Henry Fonda, they all had dark hair. The only one I found was Van Johnson, who wasn’t too cool. He was a nice, homely American boy. So I created my own image. It worked.

 

In England, I was a Cockney actor. In America, I was an actor.

 

I think what is British about me is my feelings and awareness of others and their situations. English people are always known to be well mannered and cold but we are not cold – we don’t interfere in your situation. If we are heartbroken, we don’t scream in your face with tears – we go home and cry on our own.

 

If someone is very upper-class, you have a stereotype of him which is probably true. If someone has a working-class accent, you have no idea who you’re talking to.

 

I wouldn’t make an anti-American film. I’m one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans.

 

Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America.

 

Growing up, there was only classical music on BBC Radio. We had to listen to the American Forces Network in Germany, which played pop songs, or the pirate radio boats off the coast.

 

I am often asked which of my films has come closest to my own ideal of performance, and I always answer, ‘Educating Rita.’

 

A lot of my best parts I’ve been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything.

 

I am a great admirer of other actors, but I never compete with other actors. I always compete with what I did last, and I’m my own most vicious critic. So I’m always trying to do it better.

 

The American cinema in general always made stories about working-class people; the British rarely did. Any person with my working-class background would be a villain or a comic cipher, usually badly played, and with a rotten accent. There weren’t a lot of guys in England for me to look up to.

 

You cannot have one bathroom. And it don’t matter how much you love your wife and everything, ’cause you wind up with no room at all. You just get a little corner, and you’ve got a toothbrush and your paste and a shaving brush and a razor.

 

I was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite. Imagine signing that autograph! You’d get a broken arm. So I changed my name to Michael Caine after Humphrey Bogart’s ‘The Caine Mutiny,’ which was playing in the theater across from the telephone booth where I learned that I’d gotten my first TV job.

 

I think life has got to develop as you get older, and I don’t want to be wandering along doing the same old thing. I want more out of life.

 

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

 

In my early days, I didn’t know what a good film or a bad film was, and I was trying to make some money. As it happens I was lucky. I made some good films.

 

Things are not quite what they seem always. Don’t start me on class, otherwise you’ll get a four-hour lecture.

 

For me, the performance was always playing different people. And so when I got older, was no longer the romantic leading movie star, it became more and more interesting for me, the characters I played, you know?

 

I don’t want to sound like Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells, but I do think there should be some sort of national service for young men.

 

The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.

 

The standing ovation threw me… to be held in such regard in a town so full of talent is quite something.

 

My wife comes with me on all the movies, but she is not an appendage to a film star or anything like that. She is a completely intertwined partner. She is the other half of me. Also, we’re still very much in love with each other. We always have been, we always will be.

 

The three actors I admire the most are all dead. Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and the French actor, Jean Gabin. They’re all very natural, sort of masculine without being overly macho.

 

I’ve made the transition from star to character actor and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

 

I don’t do it often, but I do cry. I also laugh a lot; people tell me I’m funny and I do like to laugh.

 

Every time you get a movie, you get a medical. So you know, you know you’re alright for a couple of weeks

 

I feel like 35. At 35 you’re old enough to know something and young enough to look forward to what you can do with the knowledge. So I stayed at 35!

 

When you’re a movie star and you’re young, you are always playing someone who’s a better fighter, a better lover, a better everything than you.

 

I don’t worry about the last shot or the next shot. I concentrate. Every shot gets a clean slate. And when a shot is over, I wipe it out absolutely. Tell a joke or something. If you worry about how you looked, how well you did, you’ll go insane.

 

I’m trying to work only with established, respected directors. I took a lot of bad scripts and worked for a lot of lazy directors, and it was discouraging to go to the screenings and see that the director had added nothing, the editor had added nothing, there was nothing to see.

 

You can see all sorts of things in film acting if you know where to look and what to look for. One thing I often notice is that the actor is looking for his mark, the place where he has to stand to be in the right place in the shot.

 

The greatest luxury is not driving. I didn’t own a car until I was 30, and that was a Rolls-Royce, so it was cheaper to insure a chauffeur. I never want to drive again. My mind is always on other things. I hate parking, and I’m very short-tempered and would get road rage, I’m sure.

 

My view of actors is that basically they’re all harmless lunatics who’d be on the psychiatrist’s couch, except that we get this sort of catharsis every six months or so, and we go and be absolutely someone else.

 

My wife, my daughters, even my grandchildren are funny. You’ve got to keep a sense of humor because anger destroys you.

 

Anyone can write. But comedy, you’ve got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas.

 

One of the main things about Cockney is, you speak at twice the speed as Americans. Americans speak very slow.

 

A lot of movie stars are not great actors; they’re just very good-looking. And when they start to age and they don’t have the looks any more, then it’s over.

 

English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite.

 

I see myself as 38, but you don’t notice it.

 

If you’re a movie actor, you’re on your own – you cannot control the stage. The director controls it.

 

January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out.

 

Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinema, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he’s that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it’s not, I assure you.

 

I used to get the girl; now I get the part. In ‘The Quiet American’ you may have noticed I got the part and the girl. It’s a milestone for me, because it’s the last time I’m going to get the girl.

 

If you go away on location for three months and your wife stays at home, you’ve made a whole new load of friends and she’s made a whole new load of friends and you get home and you’re kind of strangers.

 

I admired Marlon Brando as I grew up. I though he was one of the finest screen actors around.

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