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Michael Caine announces likely retirement from acting at 88

Michael Caine announces likely retirement from acting as he notes ‘there’s not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man that’s 88’


Sir Michael Caine announced in an interview this week that he is probably retiring from acting now at the age of 88.

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

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?’

Bowing out: Sir Michael Caine announced in an interview this week that he is probably retiring from acting now at the age of 88

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.’

Last act: The legendary star of stage and screen was appearing on BBC Radio 5 to promote his upcoming 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 upcoming 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.

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