On the sets of films and television shows, veteran actor Michael Caine has questioned the necessity of intimacy coordinators, saying they have just recently become commonplace. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Caine, now 90, was questioned about them. He responded: “Really? Seriously? What are they? We never had that in my day. Thank God I’m 90 and don’t play lovers anymore is all I can say. In my day you just did the love scene and got on with it without anyone interfering. It’s all changed.”
He also considered other issues with contemporary life, saying: It’s dull. Not being able to speak your mind and not being able to call anyone ‘darling.’ It’s hard. I like to learn from friends who are younger than me.”
In the upcoming film The Great Escaper, Caine plays Bernard Jordan, a real-life war veteran who escaped from his care facility on the British south coast without alerting his wife or employers to attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day remembrances in Normandy. He co-stars in the movie alongside the late Glenda Jackson, who passed away not long after it was finished. In a career spanning more than 77 years since his very first appearance, as an uncredited teaboy, in the 1946 TV movie Morning Departure, Caine has an astounding 176 IMDB acting credits to his name. His performances in The Cider House Rules (2000) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1987) earned him two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor. He attributes his major break to the 1964 epic war movie Zulu.
He spoke to The Mail, mentioning, “They were looking for a cockney corporal and they thought I’d be great, but when I got there for the audition the director said, ‘Sorry, Michael, it’s been cast.’ I was used to being rejected, but it was a long walk to the door, let me tell you. ‘Can you do posh?’ he asked me on my way out. ‘Of course, I can do posh!’ So, I got the job playing a posh officer and it made my career. When I started out, I never thought about being in competition with other actors. All I cared about was being as good as I possibly could be.”