Is Michael Caine retiring? 'Tenet' star says 'haven't got any offers' for two years
Our very own Alfred Pennyworth i.e. Michael Caine, who is known for his iconic roles in ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy, ‘Inception’ and the recent ‘Tenet’, is rumored to be planning to hang up his boots after he is done with his new flick ‘Best Sellers’.The big revelation that induced these rumors happened during an interview with BBC, the legendary Hollywood star explained his rare appearances on screen.
During the interview, the Academy Award-nominated star said that he was facing several spine-related issues which were affecting his legs. Caine also said that many projects were getting shelved due to the pandemic and most of the projects that were being made did not have "a leading man that’s 88." If these rumors were to come true, it might ruin the plans of Vin Diesel who apparently wanted him to cast as Helen Mirren’s husband in a future ‘Fast & Furious’ movie. The third part of his popular franchise ‘Now You See Me’ might also get affected.
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Is Michael Caine retiring?
According to Screen Rant, Caine spoke to Kermode and Mayo on the BBC Radio program while talking about his new flick, “Funnily enough, it has turned out to be what is my last part really. Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem which affects my legs so I can’t walk very well.” He added, “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. Which is lovely, because as an actor you have to get up at half past six in the morning and go to the studio. As a writer, you start writing without leaving the bed!”
The award-winning actor further shared, “I think it would be [my last picture], yeah. There haven’t been any offers honestly for two years, because nobody’s been making any movies I wanna do. Also, you know I’m 88. There’s not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man that’s 88, you know?” Caine, who is known for his distinctive South London accent, is ranked at number 20 on the list of highest-grossing box office stars. After his breakthrough in the 1960s, Caine cemented his position with movies like ‘The Italian Job’ (1969), ‘Dressed to Kill’ (1980), ‘Educating Rita’ (1983), Woody Allen's ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ (1986) and many others. Among his movies in the 21st century, the BAFTA and the Golden Globe winner gained fame at home and abroad for his work in films like ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (2014), ‘Youth’ (2015), and ‘King of Thieves’ (2018). However, his most iconic role came in the form of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight’ trilogy (2005–2012) where he played the role of Batman’s legal guardian, butler and best friend Alfred Pennyworth.
‘A sad day for cinema lovers’
Social media users thronged to Twitter as soon as the news of Caine retiring hit the Internet. “Sir Michael Caine has reportedly retired from acting - Britain’s consistently greatest film star for six decades has blazed a trail it is hard to imagine anyone else following. A giant on the international stage and the last of his kind. Thank You”, said one user as another pitched in, “Thank you so much, Michael Caine. We all love you as Alfred.”
One user tweeted, “It's hard to imagine a man having a better career than Michael Caine. Thanks for everything”, as another added, “Michael Caine is one of the greatest actors and an enormous contribution to one of the greatest trilogies in the history of cinema! As a die-hard Batman fan, I could not be more grateful for his portrayal of Alfred.” One user posted, “A sad day for cinema lovers. Thank you Sir Michael Caine for leaving a unique and irreplaceable essence in the world of cinema. You will be dearly missed on screen.” Meanwhile, another fan concluded, “I can't begrudge anyone retiring at 88. But I will really miss Michael Caine.”
Sir Michael Caine has reportedly retired from acting - Britain’s consistently greatest film star for six decades has blazed a trail it is hard to imagine anyone else following. A giant on the international stage and the last of his kind. Thank you 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/3HwVUo2RRn— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) October 15, 2021
Thank you so much, Michael Caine. ♥️🙏— YOLOBOYD02 (@yoloboyd02) October 15, 2021
We all love you as Alfred.
“Acting is not a competition; everything must be done for the good of the film or else everybody loses.”
- Michael Caine pic.twitter.com/CkpsQcQgyA
it's hard to imagine a man having a better career than Michael Caine. Thanks for everything. https://t.co/KuL8zM2b5i— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) October 16, 2021
Michael Caine is one of the greatest actors and an enormous contribution to one of the greatest trilogies in the history of cinema! As a die hard Batman fan, I could not be more grateful for his portrayal of Alfred pic.twitter.com/j9gyHplKMM— BLURAYANGEL (@blurayangel) October 15, 2021
A sad day for cinema lovers.— Akshit (@oldsouleunoia) October 15, 2021
Thank you Sir Michael Caine for leaving a unique and irreplaceable essence in the world of cinema.
You will be dearly missed on screen. https://t.co/nWlBL1j3L9
I can't begrudge anyone retiring at 88. But I will really miss Michael Caine. pic.twitter.com/3X0Xd4RYKP— Paul Gibbs (@entitled2life) October 16, 2021