Michael Caine hints at retirement as he insists his new film may be his LAST: ‘I’m b****y 90 now and I can’t walk properly!’
Michael Caine has hinted that his upcoming film The Great Escaper could be his last, saying: ‘I’m bloody 90 now, and I can’t walk properly’.
The Academy Award-winning actor, 90, stars alongside the late Glenda Jackson in the forthcoming drama, which is inspired by true events.
The film tells a story of a Second World War veteran who escaped his care home in Hove, East Sussex, to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in France.
Sir Michael stars as Bernard Jordan, who made headlines around the world in 2014, while Glenda will star as his wife Irene.
Glenda, who gave up her acting career in 1992 to serve in Parliament for more than 20 years, was working with Sir Michael on the film which proved to be her last just weeks before her death.
End of an era: Michael Caine, 90, hinted that his upcoming film ‘The Great Escaper,’ could be his final one after discussing his age and admitting that he can’t walk properly
Send off: He will star in The Great Escaper, about a World War 2 veteran who escaped his care home to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in France
In an interview with The Telegraph, Michael expressed his concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic potentially marking the end of his career in 2020.
However later found hope by accepting a role in The Great Escaper.
He said: ‘I was so happy to do it. I just loved the character of Bernie. I thought he was incredible, and it’s so beautifully written.’
Discussing the possibility of concluding his remarkable eight-decade career he said that he was ‘sort of’ retired already.
He added: ‘I am b****y 90 now, and I can’t walk properly and all that…
‘I’ve had the best possible life I could have thought of. The best possible wife, and the best possible family…
‘They may not be a family that other people would say is the best possible family – but the best possible family for me.’
The Interstellar star who has been using support from a walking stick after undergoing back surgery last year explained how he used it with filming.
Support: Sir Michael has been reliant on support from a walking stick after undergoing surgery on his back last year (pictured at The Great Escaper World Premiere at BFI Southbank)
Living legend: The actor, 90, has starred in over 130 films and has a career that has spanned over eight decades
Paying respects: Michael stars alongside the late Glenda Jackson in his upcoming film and paid tribute after her death at the age of 87, calling her ‘one of the greatest movie actresses
He said: ‘They gave me a very good walking stick, and I was able to do scenes that needed that.
‘I’d just do them once, and then fall over. But just one take, and that’s it. Forget it.’
Michael’s wife Shakira confirmed last year that Michael had undergone a major operation at a London hospital and told the Daily Mail he had spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that narrows the spinal canal and can cause back and leg pain. Surgery is usually recommended only when non-surgical treatments have not been effective.
The Great Escaper will be released in cinemas on 6 October 2023