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Sir Michael Caine Announces Retirement From Acting In Devastating Update

Sir Michael Caine has announced his retirement from acting after issuing an update on his health.
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Sir Michael Caine has announced that he will be retiring from acting.

The legendary actor, 90, has starred in 175 films, as per IMDb, and is best known for roles such as Alfred in The Dark Knight trilogy, The Italian Job and Get Carter.

Caine has also won numerous awards throughout his seven-decade-long career, including two Oscars, three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs.

But now, the legendary actor has provided a saddening update on his future in the movie industry.

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While speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Best of Today podcast, the Interstellar actor confirmed that his recent role in the film The Great Escaper will be his final acting gig.

The film is based on the true story of World War II veteran Bernard Jordan, who in June 2014, broke out of a care home to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.

“I keep saying I’m going to retire,” he said. “Well, I am now.

“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 likely to get now are old men, 90-year-old men, maybe 85. And I thought, ‘Well, I might as well leave with all this – I’ve got wonderful reviews. What have I got to do to beat this?'”

Michael Caine in The Great Escaper.
With his final role in The Great Escaper, Sir Michael Caine has announced his retirement from acting. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Elsewhere in the podcast, Caine explained that while he is retiring at 90, he feels that he has had an impact on how older characters are portrayed in cinema.

The Zulu actor said: “With me, it’s not quite as diminishing as you think.

“I remember when I was young talking to old men of 90 and they weren’t a little bit like me. They were little tiny old men with humped shoulders… And I thought, I’m not like that and it’s changed.”

At the premiere of the film, Caine was spotted with a walking stick – which he has used ever since he broke his ankle in 2018 – and sat on a frame for group pictures.

His wife, Shakira Caine, revealed to the Daily Mail that he underwent surgery on his spine as he had spinal stenosis.

According to the NHS, this is a condition where the spinal canal begins to narrow – which will compress your nerves – and this can cause back and leg pain when walking.

Michael Caine in The Italian Job.
Sir Michael Caine has 175 acting credits to his name. Credit: Paramount Pictures

It is worth noting that even though Caine has said The Great Escaper is his last film, this is not the first time he has announced his retirement.

Both Harry Brown in 2009 and Best Sellers in 2021 were billed as his final acting role.

Then only last month, he told The Guardian that he would play Charles Darwin in a film that is meant to be shot next year.

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Even though he is stepping away from the movie business, Caine isn’t completely going to leave the limelight and already has his next venture lined up.

The Prestige actor’s debut thriller novel, ‘Deadly Game’, will be released in November – which he wrote while he had Covid-19.

Caine said in the podcast: “I got Covid and I was sat there and I had nothing to do. I couldn’t do any movies, nothing.

“I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve written several biographies. Then I wrote a fiction book… I’m quite amazed [it’s been published].”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.