Michael Caine quotes

Born
14 March 1933 Rotherhithe, London, England, UK.

Occupation
Actor, producer, author.

Michael Caine is an English actor, producer, and author. Known for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon.

To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I’ve tried it 85 times, and I’ve succeeded two or three times.
– Michael Caine

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
– Michael Caine

Save your money. You’re going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.
– Michael Caine

Things are not quite what they seem always. Don’t start me on class, otherwise you’ll get a four-hour lecture.
– Michael Caine

If someone is very upper-class, you have a stereotype of him which is probably true. If someone has a working-class accent, you have no idea who you’re talking to.
– Michael Caine

In the sixties, everyone you knew became famous. My flatmate was Terence Stamp. My barber was Vidal Sassoon. David Hockney did the menu in a restaurant I went to. I didn’t know anyone unknown who didn’t become famous.
– Michael Caine

I’m a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter.
– Michael Caine
When you reach the top, that’s when the climb begins.
– Michael Caine
If you’re a movie actor, you’re on your own – you cannot control the stage. The director controls it.
– Michael Caine
Obsession is a young man’s game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old.
– Michael Caine
To be a movie star, you have to carry a movie. And to carry a movie where you play the title role is the supreme example.
– Michael Caine
Oh, what a shock. My career must be slipping. This is the first time I’ve been available to pick up an award.
– Michael Caine
I regard myself as someone who is retired but who occasionally goes out to work.
– Michael Caine
I’m the audience’s representative on earth.
– Michael Caine
I usually control the environment I’m in, but my control is very quiet and subtle.
– Michael Caine
Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library.
– Michael Caine
Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It’s a company town, and I happen to like the company!
– Michael Caine
But the whole point of the Sixties was that you had to take people as they were. If you came in with us you left your class, and colour, and religion behind, that was what the Sixties was all about.
– Michael Caine
I’ve always loved reprehensible people because they’re so much more interesting to play on screen.
– Michael Caine
I’ll always be there because I’m a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I’ve any talent is beside the point.
– Michael Caine
A lot of movie stars are not great actors; they’re just very good-looking. And when they start to age and they don’t have the looks any more, then it’s over.
– Michael Caine
I feel like 35. At 35 you’re old enough to know something and young enough to look forward to what you can do with the knowledge. So I stayed at 35!
– Michael Caine
To me, growing old is great. It’s the very best thing – considering the alternative.
– Michael Caine
I’m every bourgeois nightmare – a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.
– Michael Caine
English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite.
– Michael Caine
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
– Michael Caine
I don’t meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers.
– Michael Caine
I’m forever testing myself. As a person and as an actor, I have no sense of competition.
– Michael Caine