Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

โ€” Michael Caine

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...some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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Some men just want to watch the world burn

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The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought: "That's what I want to do."

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I've always got to have one impossible dream on the back burner.

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No matter what the reason, if you start to scream and shout, you look a fool, and you feel a fool, and you earn the disrespect of everyone.

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I'm looking for me to disappear, and the acting to disappear, and all you see is a real person.

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I never look back at all. All of my sentiment and emotion goes into my family. I'm an extremely family oriented person and I have a very, very happy family life. That doesn't just include blood relations. I have friends who are close to me.

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It's much harder to act in a bad film than in a good one.

A terrible script makes for very difficult acting. You can win an Academy Award for some of the easiest acting in your career, made possible by a brilliant script.

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First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.

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I've been acting a long time, and I can play a Cockney gangster or a womanizer in my sleep or standing on my head. But what I try to do is I try to find characters that are as far away from me as I possibly can and then make them real. A French Nazi is about as far away from me as I can possibly get without actually going to Mars or something.

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If you're a movie actor, you're on your own - you cannot control the stage.

The director controls it.

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I think life has got to develop as you get older, and I don't want to be wandering along doing the same old thing. I want more out of life.

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About Michael Caine

Quotes 218 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I never regret anything. I always said that when I'm old, I want to be sitting there regretting the things that I did and not the things that I didn't do; and now I'm old, and I don't regret anything! I had fun. I had fun, and I'm still having it.

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I've got a lot of back-up because my father was a Catholic, my mother was a Protestant, I was educated by Jews and I'm married to a Muslim. So I won't lose out on a technicality.

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Theater acting is an operation with a scalpel, movie acting is an operation with a laser

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I don't worry about the last shot or the next shot.

I concentrate. Every shot gets a clean slate. And when a shot is over, I wipe it out absolutely. Tell a joke or something. If you worry about how you looked, how well you did, you'll go insane.

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If you really want to become an actor, but only providing that acting doesn't interfere with your golf game, political ambitions and your life, you don't want to become an actor. Not only is acting more than a part time job, it's more than a full time job. It's a full time obsession.

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When becoming a character, you have to steal.

Steal whatever you see. You can even steal from other actors' characterizations; but if you do, only steal from the best.

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Movie actors earn their living and learn their craft through listening and reacting.

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What a lot of people dont realize about gangs, in my opinion, is that a gang is not there to attack you. Eighty percent of the people in a gang are there to stop anyone from attacking them. You join a gang for protection, not to go out and hit someone.

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For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart.

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I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier.

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A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything.

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I never bring a role home with me. The moment they say, 'It's a wrap,' it's gone completely. I'm a totally ruthless professional, and life is my family, not my work.

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Maybe it's time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day.

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The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.

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I don't have any regrets because I'm very optimistic, and live each day as though it's the last.

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I've never been out with a married woman, never. I respect others' properties.

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You cannot have one bathroom. And it don't matter how much you love your wife and everything, 'cause you wind up with no room at all. You just get a little corner and you've got a toothbrush and your paste and a shaving brush and a razor. And you can never get in there. So you must have two bathrooms. You really must. I think it's essential.

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You can see all sorts of things in film acting if you know where to look and what to look for. One thing I often notice is that the actor is looking for his mark, the place where he has to stand to be in the right place in the shot.

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Obsession is a young manโ€™s game.

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About Superman and Batman: the former is how America views itself, the latter, darker character is how the rest of the world views America.

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I'm always slightly envious of people who become extremely rich without anyone knowing who the hell they are, like financiers.

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Not only is acting more than a part-time job, it's more than a full-time job.

It's a full-time obsession.

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Youre only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

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Just because I have made a point of never losing my accent it doesn't mean I'm an eel-and-pie yob.

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A man's body may grow old, but inside his spirit can still be as young and as restless as ever.

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I love the start of autumn when the trees in my garden change the colour of their leaves in one last dazzling display.

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For Cider House Rules, I was doing a New England accent.

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Hey, I always say: if you want a quiet life, become a monk.

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My view is that you should always remake failures because then you've got nowhere to go but up.

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Do I believe in God? Yes I do. When you've had a life like mine, you have to.

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Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write.

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I think I have the secret of a successful L.

A. restaurant, especially now that so many Europeans live there. You have to have a place where they can see out the windows, see the world passing by. Europeans fancy that.

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There is no point in competing with young talent...I just concentrate on getting better each day.

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If you're blond, as I am, and you have blond lashes, you have to wear mascara, otherwise you're invisible on stage.

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My career is going better now than when I was younger.

Now I get the part. Back then, I'd get the girl.

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I feel that I helped the working class by just saying there are no barriers, which I consider to be true.

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That to me is what my idea of film acting should be.

There shouldn't be any acting. You should just be watching a real person.

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