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Michael Caine Quotes


Michael Caine My name is Michael Caine was the cockney actors catchphrase that has been immortalised in song, tabloid headlines and talk shows in honour of the acting career of this great British icon of the silver screen. He has come a long way since crashing at the composer John Barry's London abode after being turfed out of his London flat penniless in the sixties. It was the experience of being broke that instilled a working mindset into the young Michael Caine and when the opportunity to act was given he was there to take it. Remembering his great performances in Educating Rita (1983) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) were stand out moments for me in his career, but the iconic line from The Italian Job where he screams "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off" at his hapless henchmen will stand out forever in my cinematic memory. Another Michael Caine quote that gets trotted out incessantly is "Not a lot of people know that" after he has conjured up a fascinating fact that he has learnt along his merry way in life. Of the 100 plus movies he has been in there has been a lot of quality, Caine is one of the few actors that have been nominated for an academy award in 5 consecutive decades, no small feat when you consider his peers for the same recognition are none other than Laurence Olivier and Meryl Streep. Caines big break was Zulu in 1964 where he played Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, a role as an officer he would never have been given (due to his London accent) had the director been British. I could trot out all the great movies he has been in but it is better to admire the man who has never forgotten where he came from. Against all the odds and against the most solemn advice he kept his working class accent in a show of defiance that is worthy of portrayal on the silver screen he has scored a century of movies on. Character, that is the essence of Michael Caine and good characters on screen give meaning that audiences can relate to. They are also fond of great one liners so here is my compilation of 14 of the best Michael Caine quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Michael Caine
  • Born: 14th March 1933, Rotherhithe, London, England
  • Occupation: Actor, producer and author
  • Major awards: 2 Oscars, 1 Bafta, 3 Golden Globes and away from acting he was awarded in 1992 the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)
  • Inspiration: His good friend John Wayne was a strong influence but his all time favourite actor Humphrey Bogart was Caines biggest inspiration to become an actor
  • Box office: His movies have grossed more than $7.5 billion worldwide, not a lot of people know that and it's not too shabby for the boy from Rotherhithe, just south of the river
  • Trivia: He was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite but changed his name by deed poll to his acting name Michael Caine after encountering long delays when immigration officers recognised the actor but saw the naming discrepancy in his passport

"I'm every bourgeois nightmare - a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars"

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"I voted for Brexit. I'd rather be a poor master than a rich servant. It wasn't about racism, immigrants or anything, it was about freedom"

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"Cheer up, you'd better have a good time because this is not a rehearsal. This is life - this is the show"

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"I've always got to have one impossible dream on the back burner"

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"I never bring a role home with me. The moment they say, 'It's a wrap,' it's gone completely. I'm a totally ruthless professional, and life is my family, not my work"

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"My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much"

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"My understanding of women goes only as far as the pleasures"

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

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"I used to get the girl; Now I get the part"

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"I have been rich and I have been poor. I know which one I prefer"

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

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"You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one"

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"Do I believe in God? Yes I do. When you've had a life like mine, you have to"

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"I'm an icon. It says so in the paper"

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