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Michael Caine Says He's Not Retiring From Acting After All

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Michael Caine Says He's Not Retiring From Acting After All

It would appear the reports of Michael Caine's retirement have been greatly exaggerated.

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The 88-year-old actor, who has starred in everything from The Muppet's Christmas Carol to The Dark Knight Rises, recently indicated that his upcoming movie, Best Sellers, would be his last. However, he has since clarified that this is likely not the case, and isn't ready to leave acting behind just yet.

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Reports of Caine's retirement surfaced over the weekend. The star appeared on Kermode and Mayo's Film Review to promote Best Sellers, when he explained to interviewer Simon Mayo that the role may well be his last.

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"Funnily enough, it has turned out to be my last part, really," Caine said, explaining that he hasn't worked for the last two years as a result of the pandemic and has a "spine problem" that is impacting his ability to walk. He also indicated that he's now very much enjoying the life on an author, and made repeated references to a fiction book that he's in the process of writing.

"I think it would be, yeah," Caine stated when Mayo asked once again Best Sellers was to be his last film. "There haven't been any offers, obviously, for two years because nobody's been making any movies that I wanna do, but also I'm 88. There's not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man who's 88, you know?"

Naturally, the news quickly spread and Caine was forced to clarify that he's not going anywhere. "I haven't retired and not a lot of people know that," the actor put on Twitter in response to the reports.

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He added to Variety: "Regarding retirement, I've spent over 50 years getting up at 6 a.m. to make movies, and I'm not getting rid of my alarm clock!" The publication also claimed Caine is currently reviewing two scripts as potential future projects.

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Topics: TV and Film

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