A long journey has come to an end. Sir Michael Caine, best known for his roles in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and the Kingsmen franchise, has officially announced his retirement from acting at age 90.
This news came from Sir Michael Caine himself during a recent interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today. While speaking on his latest movie The Great Escaper, Caine revealed that he plans on it being his last project, stating that studios “Don’t have leading men at 90.”
“I keep saying I’m going to retire. Well, I am now,” Caine explained. “I’ve figured, I’ve had a picture where I’ve played the lead and it’s got incredible reviews. The only parts I’m liable to get now are 90-year-old men. Or maybe 85. So I thought, I might as well leave with all this. I’ve got wonderful reviews. What am I going to do to beat this?”
“We had a great time on the movie, and I thought, why not leave now?” He continued. “You don’t have leading men at 90, you’re going to have young handsome boys and girls.”
While Sir Michale Caine is likely best known to our readers for his roles as Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Chester King in Kingsman, he’s had a long and storied history outside of those roles. Caine has appeared in nearly 200 films over 80 years, earning two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA award. While it may be sad for fans to see him leave, he has certainly left his legacy on films forever.
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