Michael Caine

Michael Caine in Get CarterI didn’t really know who Michael Caine was until the Madness song, which was in 1984. But when I saw the video I recognised him as being someone I’d seen in a lot of grown up films that were around in the Seventies.

A lot of his Sixties films were on TV in the Seventies as well, such as The Italian Job, so his face was all over the place.

I remember my mum saying he wasn’t a very good actor because he always played the same sort of character and he spoke with a monotonous tone. But he got so much work and was in so many films that someone must have thought he was good.

Apparently he didn’t care that people made fun of him being in bad films. According to wikipedia, he doesn’t really care whether the film is good or bad so long as he’s paid. When asked about one that was a total box office failure, he said, “I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.” I think this is a healthy attitude to take in a world of instant celebrity and the fickleness of the media.

Educating Rita is one of my all-time favourite films, but that’s because I love Julie Walters, who is my long-lost twin. I wonder if he thinks this one is good.

Josie Henley-Einion, author, blogger, Legend in my own Living Room


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