According to a recent interview with The Telegraph, 90-year-old Michael Caine claims he is “sort of” retiring right now. The renowned actor pondered on his life and his long career in the interview, even suggesting that his future movie might be his last. Although Caine has before explored the prospect of retiring, this time seems different. Caine stated to The Telegraph, “But I wasn’t 90 then. I am bloody 90 now, and I can’t walk properly and all that. I sort of am retired now.”
The actor noted that because he needed assistance to walk, performing his most recent role in the forthcoming World War II veteran drama “The Great Escaper” took a toll on his body. He states, “They gave me a very good walking stick, and I was able to do scenes that needed that. I’d just do them once, and then fall over,” he said.
According to The Telegraph, Caine stated that he was grateful for the opportunity to work on the movie despite the physical difficulties. Caine stated, “With Covid and all that, I hadn’t done a picture for three years, and I thought I was finished. And I suddenly did it — and had such a wonderful time.” The actor has discussed retiring numerous times, dating back to 1968. Caine stated that he intended to retire at the age of 45 in a print publication interview with the Daily Express in October 1968, as noted by The Guardian in August 2018.
The Guardian quoted Caine as remarking to the Daily Express,” I will carry on with this life until I am 45 and then move out to a farmhouse, fill it with kids, and grow old gracefully. Forty-five is a good age to retire from the hunt.” Caine announced that his performance in the 2021 film “Best Sellers” would be his last on the BBC radio program “Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review” in October of that year.
“Funnily enough, it has turned out to be my last part, really,” the actor commented on the radio program. “Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem which affects my legs, so I can’t walk very well.” Caine clarified his words in a post on X, then known as Twitter, a few days after making them on the radio show: “I haven’t retired and not a lot of people know that.”