Michael Caine Announces His Retirement from Acting

by Leanne Stahulak

One of Hollywood’s legends, Sir Michael Caine, has revealed that his latest film, “Best Sellers,” will likely be his last, according to Screenrant.

Caine stars in the movie alongside Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman, Ellen Wong, and Cary Elwes. It was released on Sept. 17, and Caine plays the lead character Harris Shaw, a disgruntled author who takes one final book tour.

But in an interview with the BBC Radio program “Kermode and Mayo,” Michael Caine revealed that he likely won’t be taking on any more roles. He’s 88 years old, after all, and he said not many films look to cast an 88-year-old lead. Caine also gave a few other reasons for retiring from acting, including health problems and focusing on writing.

“Funnily enough, it has turned out to be what is my last part really,” Caine said about”Best Sellers,” his latest film. “Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem which affects my legs so I can’t walk very well.

“And I also wrote a book, a couple of books, which were published and were successful. So I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer,” Michael Caine continued. “Which is lovely, because as an actor you have to get up at half-past six in the morning and go to the studio. As a writer, you start writing without leaving the bed!”

When the interviewer confirmed that Caine was saying this would be his “last picture,” he said, “I think it would be, yeah. There haven’t been any offers honestly for two years, because nobody’s been making any movies I wanna do. Also, you know I’m 88. There’s not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man that’s 88, you know?”

Michael Caine Has an Extensive and Impressive Acting Resume

Michael Caine’s starred in some fairly iconic roles over the last 65 years or so. Since 2000 alone, the actor made his mark in legendary films like “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” “Inception,” “Interstellar,” and “Tenet.”

All total, IMDb records over 170 films credits for Caine. Some of his older work includes “The Italian Job” in 1969, “Dressed to Kill” in 1980, and “Jaws: The Revenge” from 1987.

Caine won two Oscars during his acting career. The first was for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for the 1987 film “Hannah and Her Sisters.” The second was also for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for “The Cider House Rules,” which premiered in 1999. In total, Michael Caine received six Oscar nominations, three Emmy nominations, and eight BAFTA nominations.

We’ll definitely miss seeing Caine on our screens, especially when he still had three projects in development. The actor was supposed to star in the third “Now You See Me” movie, but that’s unlikely to take off now. At least Caine can enjoy retirement by sleeping in and working on his books in peace.