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Michael Caine announces his retirement after more than 7 decades in cinema

After considering whether to retire, Michael Caine says he’s officially hanging it up.

The 90-year-old actor proclaimed as much on Saturday following the recent release of “The Great Escaper,” a drama about a real-life British Royal Navy veteran escaping from his retirement home to attend a D-Day parade. Caine, who has been acting since the mid-20th century, said he had made his decision for good.

“I keep saying I’m going to retire. Well, I am now,” he told a BBC Radio 4 show.

“I was like, I got a picture where I played the lead and it got amazing reviews,” he continued. “The only roles I’m probably going to get now are old men. …And I thought, well, I might as well go with all this – what do I have to do to beat this?

Caine recently hinted at this development in an interview with The Telegraph, when the actor revealed he was “kind of” retired. Although the native Londoner lamented being offered only “grandpa” roles, he also extolled the benefits just a few years ago.

“If you’re the star of the movie, you have to get the girl, but then they started making pictures that were great for me and for people my age, where you didn’t get the girl but you got the part “, did he declare. on “The Jonathan Ross Show” in 2016.

“So I didn’t get the girl,” he continued, “I went on to win two Oscars.”

Caine won Academy Awards for “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and “The Cider House Rules” (1999). He continued to serve in major productions as a supporting actor in films like “Children of Men” (2006) and “Harry Brown” (2009), as well as in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy.

Caine left an undeniable mark on cinema.

His first film role was uncredited, but he eventually found major roles in acclaimed films like “Alfie” (1966), “The Italian Job” (1969) and “Get Carter” (1971), contributing to establish the British crime film genre. .

Michael Caine is retiring after decades of acting.

Vianney Le Caer/Invision/Associated Press

Caine told BBC Radio 4 that he would devote his retirement to writing. He noted that he had already “written several biographies” and that a novel – which he was “quite amazed” by – had been published.

“The thing about film is you have to get up at 6:30 in the morning, learn your lines in the bloody car, then get there and work until 10:00 p.m.,” he told BBC Radio 4 .You don’t need to get out of bed: all you need is a pencil and paper.

Caine, who has two adult children between his first wife Patricia Haines and his current wife Shakira Caine, said he is “very happy” with his life and “loves” his grandchildren. He previously told People that he was “one of the most family-oriented men you’ll ever meet.”

After more than seven decades on the big screen, Caine surely deserves to sleep in and spend his time at home.


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