April 17, 2009, 7 p.m. CST
Thy name is Michael Caine.
April 17, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST
Great interview. Man Who Would Be King has always been one of my favorites. Let's hope this guy keeps working forever.
April 17, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST
more like an actual chat, not just a plain interview
April 17, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST
Caine's the man. And still doing good work, from CHILDREN OF MEN and THE PRESTIGE to this.
April 17, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST
Original Sleuth is a cracker!
April 17, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST
It'd be fun to get stranded at an airport with him I think.<br> Hanging out, waiting for you flight at the airport bar, and just stat talking about this abt that.<p> But that just fantasy, and he'd probably just mace you ass and then go all Björk on your ass
April 17, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
Really interesting <p> Cheers Quint <p> Fuck it must be hard trying to think what to talk to the big man about in 30 minutes, he has what, something like 80 plus movies under his belt?? <p> Legend
April 17, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST
Could introduce you to The Baleverse,<p> He could, but he's too classy for that.<p> Becides, eacg person must find their own path there.
April 17, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST
I can't help but grin stupidly throughout.What a wonderful man... and not bad on-screen either.<br>Really looking forward to his next two films, actually. Harry Brown looks so cool.
April 17, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST
Thought you did very well, considering how badly you must have been bricking it.
April 17, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST
really enjoying a lot of his recent stuff as well as the classics. nice job quint.
April 17, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST
by Bad Week To Give Up Sniffing Glue
On top of everything else, Sir Michael Caine is a real-deal war veteran. He fought with the British army in the Korean War. Based on a documentary I saw where he was interviewed, this man saw death close up & lived with it. Not surprising he did well in movies like Zulu & A Bridge Too Far. They're not making them like that any more.
April 17, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST
The amazing thing about the Amazing Sound-O-Text!, in this particular amazing instance, was that I could hear the old darling's amazing voice before I had even clicked on it. <p> I really do kind of love that man. Bless his cockney socks.<p> Great interview.
April 17, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST
by Magnum Opus
Good job making that one count, Quint!
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by axel fff
Surprising, but just give it time.
April 17, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST
by mr dark
Very good interview with an excellent and interesting actor. First class all around..Cheers
April 17, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST
by mr dark
But still a heluva interview
April 17, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST
April 17, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST
I love Caine's body of work.i've really liked some of his later roles in the presteige,the dark knight,the weatherman and children of men as jasper the old stoner.i shit when a buddy of mine brought over some Strawberry Cough to blaze
April 17, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST
working with Tim McCanlies. Mainly because I adore SECONDHAND LIONS and I'm wondering whether he pissed somebody off during the making of that movie. He seems to have been in hiding since, budget-wise; someone rich should give this guy some money to write and direct a presumably awesome genre film.
April 17, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST
Jeez, can't believe he spent so much time talking to Caine about Watchmen. There's all this merchandise gathering dust in shops, nobody even remembers Watchmen. Why should Caine give a fuck?
April 17, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST
pretty good. Not as entertaining as the original, more clinical, more sterile, more... modern. So, different, but not necessarily in a bad way. I've recommended both films to friends as a double-bill, with the original first to get the twist out of the way.
April 17, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST
this is a real good interview.
April 17, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST
Fact is Quint IS the best part of this site--when he's here. Quint-get back to doing (some more) Movie a Day thingies here-it makes for good readin'. Thanks for the interview.
April 17, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST
by El Mamerro
Michael Caine is banging Shakira?
April 17, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST
at a leukemia benefit. A more stalwart fella you couldn't meet. He happily signed my juggling balls (along with Steve Martin and a couple of other folks). Thanks for the interview, Q!
April 17, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Michael Caine- class act all the way. Inspiring. Good work Quint.
April 17, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST
Wow... that's amazing. Michael Caine commands some serious, serious respect to pull that off on this website.
April 17, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST
by wampa 1
...but it sure smells good!
April 17, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST
by evil dead 3d
if you want to sound like michael caine you must speak in very short sentences. what an awsome gift this interview was thanks!
April 17, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST
Thinks he's so great. Oh, I'm Michael Caine, I am.<br>Smug bastard.<br><br>There, the positive comments have been c-c-c-combo broken.<br><br>P.S. If you're reading this Sir Michael: You're awesome, and I loved you in On Deadly Ground :)
April 17, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST
Mr. Caine is so down to earth, i can only pray im as cool as that when i hit his age.
April 17, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST
I guess when you're in 10,000 movies a few will be duds.
April 17, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST
I don't know why I love hearing him say that word, but when he says it in TDK, I become all happy and shit. And there you were, Quint, talking about BLADE RUNNER and you couldn't have asked him "Who did the score to that movie?" CAINE: "You see, the score was done by Tangerine Dream!" (sigh) Great interview, nonetheless.
April 18, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST
Vangelis did the Blade Runner Score, not TD. Anyway, interesting that Sir Michael turned down the part of the killer in Frenzy but then played another very twisted woman-killer in DePalma's Dressed To Kill. I'd be interested to know what changed his outlook between those films.
April 18, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST
Please, Mr Caine... write another volume of your autobiography. You are one of the greatest actors of all time. Please share more of your stories with us.
April 18, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST
when he talks about how the english class system impacted his self image, and how when he realized nobody in America gave a shit about class or his cockney accent it is fascinating...
April 18, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST
Caine is the man.
April 18, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST
iron curtain cold warry feel
April 18, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST
Class all the way!
April 18, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST
Eric...you talked Michael CAINE!!! <p> Jealous hate you jealous blah :P
April 18, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST
this is the kind of shit i like to see on AICN. as much as Michael Caine kept cutting you off... you slipped in the right words in to get him talking about the stuff we want to hear. Kudos!
April 18, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST
thanks for posting.
April 18, 2009, 5:20 a.m. CST
by Giant Ape Balls
Can't really say much more than that. A legend and a gentleman to boot.
April 18, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST
No wonder he towered over you - look at that first picture of you two... what?
April 18, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST
Thank you so very much for that interview, Quint.
April 18, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
April 18, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST
I was nervous for you, reading that! I will have to remember to see the Harry Palmer films. I tried to see them back in 2003 when my girl and I were watching all of his movies that were available, but could only find The Ipcress file on VHS. I totally forgot to check if they were on DVD, now.
April 18, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST
Good interview - v. interesting. btw, it's never ever "Sir Caine", but always "Sir Michael" or "Sir Michael Caine". Same with Dames (the female equivalent of knights): It's always "Dame Judi Dench" or "Dame Judi" but never "Dame Dench".
April 18, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
He does a singing number at the end of the film that is just devastating with the emotion he brngs to it. <p>If youve not seen LV, get it now!
April 18, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST
by Leafar the Lost
I'm not being an asshole, I really want to know.
April 18, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST
I can't remember if they had any scenes together, but Anthony Hopkins and Michael Caine were both in A Bridge Too Far (along with practically every other actor in the history of movies).
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April 18, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST
that's all i need to say
April 18, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST
April 18, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST
WATER, BLAME IT ON RIO, THE HOLCROFT COVENANT, JAWS: THE REVENGE as examples, and almost lost the entire 80s in one dud after another. That being said he's one guy who can be both a movie star and a actor. Check out LAST ORDERS, THE QUIET AMERICAN, QUILLS, LITTLE VOICE, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THE HONORARY CONSUL and so on, before ya even go back to his defining work of the 60s and very early 70s. That he's still working, and can be both iconic and convincing as a character stands testament to the fella.
April 18, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST
by Yoda's Ball Sack
"Meaning it could have been a little bit more something or other?" Best part of the interview. Don't waste your time Sir Caine, its a shit film.
April 18, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST
by Yoda's Ball Sack
Great film, great cast. Thats what films should be like. And yes there is a ton of Watchmen merchandise sitting on shelves at half price gathering dust.
April 18, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
The legend of Michael Caine still stands strong. In the present day he is most assuredly the seal of quality of any film he's in... Thanks Quint.. did you pull his finger btw?... sorry :/ lol
April 18, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
The man is a real star! Thanks Quint. I remember seeing a great little Brit sci-fi movie called The Day the Earth Caught Fire with Edward Judd. At one point he drives down a cordoned off street and the policeman who approaches him, although you don't see his face clearly, is unmistakenly an uncredited Michael Caine. You just know it's him staright away. What a voice!
April 18, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST
Caine as himself fighting dragons. It's like a license to print money...okay, at least a license to print MY money!
April 18, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST
Damn I wanna make a movie and meet a shakira (future miss Caine) type. That lucky English dog! Oh and this is quite a masterfully scored interview for this site. Thanks! Great work.
April 18, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST
anyone got any methadone?
April 18, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST
Caine was great in the Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin etc. But Caine is pretty cool in anything, even the crappy ones.
April 18, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST
6'2" is surely not "towering over" 6'1"... :)<br><br> Great interview though, as always.
April 18, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST
Visually....I think he is kind of boring. I like Dark Knight, but I would never say Nolan's strength is in the visuals. That goes to someone like Michel Gondry.
April 18, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST
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April 18, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST
when he said, "Now I know when I look at Ain’t It Cool News who it is!"<br> Quint seems to be the only one landing great interviews these days, and the only one that knows what to do with them. Fantastic.
April 18, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST
Sir Michael Caine is a legend. This was a nice interview. Finding out that he was who Hitchcock wanted for Frenzy is really cool. I can easily picture him in the movie because the actor they did get essentially is his clone! It makes so much sense, but I never would have thought of it had he not mentioned it. Its cool that he passed on it though. Some actors would have just done it just to work with Hitchcock, but Sir Michael Caine is a better man than that. His new movie "Get Carter: Old Man Edition" could be very good if it isn't just as simple as it sounds.
April 18, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
I thought Sir Michael Caine was BRILLIANT in The Ipcress File. That movie is one that should be more widely seen, but isn't. I watched Funeral in Berlin shortly after and it bored me to death (or at least to sleep). It just felt like a completely different character to me. I found it very dull. I heard the third movie is really wacky and different so maybe I'd like it more, but I am too afraid to try. The first one though is pure genius.
April 18, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST
Batman Begins was so ugly and brown like someone smeared shit on the negatives or something.
April 18, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST
I half-way agree with you on Funeral In Berlin. It's well done and I love the crazy Russian General dude, but it lacks the punch Ipcress had. The third Palmer movie, Billion Dollar Brain, is fascinating because it's like that series' Moonraker... where they just kind of go technology crazy and have a radically cartoonish villain.<BR><BR>When I say that Christopher Nolan is a brilliant visual filmmaker I don't mean in the Michel Gondry sense, I mean in the classic filmmaking sense. Look at both Prestige and Dark Knight, for instance, and how he plays with blackness and shadow, how long he holds his shots, how he chooses his angles, etc. It's very Kubrickian, kind of like Darabont at his best. He's not flashy, but he knows what to show and how long to show it for greatest storytelling impact. The Joker hospital scene, for instance.
April 18, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST
....interesting. I didn't think he played with darkness and shadow nearly enough in TDK. There were lingering shots of Batman walking (lit far too much) and it looked goofy. An example would be the opening scene when he is stumbling toward the ledge in the parking structure. Goofy composition, we see too much of him. I thought the visual darkness was handled much better in Begins. <p>Thank Christ the acting saved it. <p>PRAISE BALE.
April 18, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST
April 18, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Well-Armed Lamb
For the love of God, *somebody* get Michael Caine and Sean Connery to sit down and do a DVD commentary on THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. I'd pay fifty dollars for that DVD. I'm not kidding.
April 18, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST
April 18, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST
Little-seen, but magnificent 1970 James Clavell film with him and Omar Shariff. Takes place during the Thirty Years' War... Caine is outstanding as a German mercenary captain who discovers a hidden valley untouched by one of Europe's worst wars. Incredible cinematography, crisp dialogue, and a great bunch of perfectly cast character actors.
April 18, 2009, 7 p.m. CST
April 18, 2009, 7 p.m. CST
by Dr Gregory House
Would love to have known what it was like to 'work' with Michelle Johnson, back in the day. And what days those were for Michelle. Damn!
April 18, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST
Virtually every shot of someone had to have the camera jammed into their face like paparazzi guys were doing camerawork. Pull that shit back it's suffocating, overload, unlike other directors who know how to work close ups well like Leone or Kershner. DeNiro is another when he directs like in the CIA movie, fucking everyone's nose almost touching the lense. fuck off with your ugly heads !!
April 18, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST
Prosser b begins is closely shot for it's intensity, if you don't intellectually understand that fair enough, but don't you dare knock batman begins.
April 19, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST
...that is a fucking great production. For anyone who doesn't know, it was a 4 hour miniseries from 1988 with Caine as Inspector Abberline (later played by Depp in From Hell) and it is THE definitive on-screen Ripper treatment. Caine is awesome in it. Also starring Armand Assante and Susan George (from Straw Dogs). You can pick it up on Amazon very cheaply. Get hold of it, you won't be disappointed: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095388/
April 19, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST
Ridley Scott's 2 favorite composers and I picked the wrong one!
April 19, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
Thanks for posting quint, and as always, awesome job. Really looking forward to Harry Brown.
April 19, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST
I don't know what he was promoting but he was started talking about having to kiss Christopher Reeve in the movie DEATHTRAP years before. He was alarmed because Reeve was taller which according to him meant: "I was the fluffy one! I'm the one looking up adoringly!" He's always funny in talk shows!
April 19, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST
MC is an interviewers delight. Always great. Class act all the way.
April 19, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST
also his talk show interviews are some of the most entertaining interviews ever. He tends to just go off and tell some random stories which are always great.
April 19, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST
Caine is awesome. Wish some one would some day talk to him about Too Late The Hero. Awesome film of his.
April 19, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST
But every conversation in that movie is shot beautifully. It all culminates in the final conversation between Batman and the Joker where he's hung upside down and the camera rotates. Just a very original and striking way to shoot that scene. And it fits very neatly thematically as well.
April 19, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST
I think his effects shots are done well, but his fight scenes are generally hard to follow and at times dizzying. He makes up for it with his other visual strengths.
April 20, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST
I saw an interview with Caine where he confirmed there would be a third Batman.
April 20, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST
Rave reviews notwithstanding, Caine is still an extremely underrated actor; everything from JACK THE RIPPER (1988) to HANNAH AND HER SISTERS to THE WRONG BOX (another gem that requires further exploration; and John Barry's score is [disputably] his best). Many thanks for your fraternity, Mr. Caine. And, hey, loved your book...
April 20, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
You could've got him to say cunt at least once.
April 20, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST
by König Lear
Quint, if I had to pick a recent established director who approaches 'Kubrickian' in terms of visual style, I'd go with Paul Thomas Anderson's/Robert Elswitt's work on There Will Be Blood. Nolan is clinical and generally straightforward--although I will agree that The Prestige is as creative as he's gotten--and I was struck by how similar, visually, TDK is to Heat. It's well-framed, for the most part, but since it's concerned more with the human action relative to its surroundings than buying into the sort of absurd comic noir and proportions Tim Burton embraced (and has continued to since), Nolan forgoes the stylistic choices that would identify his vision of that universe with anything connected to those previous iterations. This isn't bad, necessarily--actually, it's a pretty shrewd decision--but there are certainly more interesting directors. Anyway, this is an excellent interview with one of my favorite actors in film. Thanks for that.
April 20, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST
And Is Anybody There seems to have a great cast, too. I recognised Peter Vaughan and Elizabeth Spriggs (who dies last year, so this must be her last film) in the trailer. But to have a retirement home with Leslie Phillips and Sylvia Syms as residents! And David Morrissey and Anne-Marie Duff are two of my favourites too.
April 20, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST
I see it in Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Just lets the camera tell the story like Kubrick. Tells the audience everything it needs to know about the story visually.
April 20, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST
he never changed his name
April 20, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST
This man single-handedly changed the perception of the English language.
April 21, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST
Imagination and Invention are two words he is unfamiliar with. But Sir Michael Caine always gives good interviews, especially because you can actually hear his very familiar voice when you read them.
April 21, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST
going toe to toe with the ponytailed one.
April 21, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST
April 21, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
...how can you say Nolan is unimaginative and uninventive? Memento has both of those qualities in spades. So does The Prestige. I think thats almost unarguable.
April 21, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST
Thank's for badmouthing him, Quint!
April 22, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST
Michael Caine is such a legend. A truly inspiring man, a great actor... Great interview!
April 22, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST
and maybe i'll go ahead and pickup Sleuth for rental after all.
April 22, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST
Whoever it was that mentioned Caine in Jack the Ripper was right on. He was mesmerizing in that part. Caine would make a good Quint if someone is stupid enough to remake Jaws. Now that Paul Newman is dead, Caine seems to be the only one for that part. (or Edward James Olmos)
April 23, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST
of actors i want to fight. Next to Screech, Zach Morris, AC Slater, Luke Perry, Fred Savage, the kid who played Paul from the Wonder Years, Paul Walker, and Ryan Renyolds
April 24, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST
Michael Caine, I'm not a big fan of these titles but if anyone deserves to be Sir its Michael Caine. Great interview.
April 27, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST
Micheal Caine is totally cool! He's always been an actor I admired. He's an actor that is in that special group of actors who are alive today and just exude coolness. Great interview!