Michael Caine’s Greatest Advice to Film Actors: Listen and React

“Listening is really what acting is all about, for movies. It’s not like the theatre. It’s an entirely different situation.”

“When I was in the theatre, I was inadvertently given some advice by a theatre producer. And he said to me, ‘What are you doing, Michael?'”

“And I said, ‘Nothing, sir.’”

“He said, ‘What? What do you mean, nothing?’”

“I said, ‘I haven’t got [any lines] to say.’”

“He said, ‘What do you mean, you haven’t got anything to say?’”

“He says, ‘Of course, you’ve got things to say. You’ve got wonderful things to say. But you sit there and listen, think of these extraordinary things to say, and then, decide not to say them. THAT’S what you’re doing!”

“And that is the greatest piece of advice I could give to someone who wants to act in movies, is: to LISTEN AND REACT.”

(Michael Caine, quoted from his Acting in Film Master Class)


Brief Bio

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.

(Michael Caine in The Dark Knight)

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)

(Michael Caine in Cider House Rules)

Add this to starring roles in films like Zulu (1964), 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.


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