“The modern film actor knows that real people in real life struggle NOT to show their feelings. It is more truthful, and more potent, to fight against the tears, only yielding after all those defense mechanisms are exhausted.”
Caine goes on to explain further:
“The same is true of drunkenness. In real life, a drunk makes a huge effort to appear sober. A coarsely acted stage or film drunk reels all over the place to show you he’s drunk. It’s artificial. And eventually, that kind of acting puts up a barrier between the actor and the audience, so that nothing the character says or does will be believed.”
Michael Caine is a highly revered English actor, with an extensive acting career, which spans more than 70 years and includes appearances in more than 100 films.
His most recent work includes performances in blockbuster movies like The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Children of Men (2006), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014) and Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2014). But this is only the tip of the massive iceberg that is Michael Caine’s career. His career highlights also include:
• An Academy Award nomination for his role in The Italian Job (1969)
• An Academy Award nomination for his role in Sleuth (1972)
• An Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
• A Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Educating Rita (1983)
• An Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Cider House Rules (1998)
Add this to his starring roles in films like Zulu (1964), Battle of Britain (1969), Get Carter (1971), Little Voice (1998) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and it’s little wonder why Michael Caine is considered an iconic actor in Britain and around the world.