Sir Michael Caine turns up in Camber Sands to play a wheelchair bound war veteran intent on celebrating D-Day in new film The Great Escaper (and not a lot of people know that)
It’s not every day a Hollywood star turns up in Camber Sands, but locals were treated to exactly that as work began on a new film this week.
With principal photography well underway on the East Sussex beach, Sir Michael Caine was spotted confined to a wheelchair as he prepared to shoot his scenes.
The veteran actor, 89, takes a starring role in forthcoming film The Great Escaper, based on war veteran Bernard Jordan’s 2014 escape from a British care home to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France.
make way: It’s not every day a Hollywood star turns up in Camber Sands, but locals were treated to exactly that as Sir Michael Caine began on a new film this week
Caine will be reunited with actress Glenda Jackson, 86, as Jordan’s wife Irene, 47-years after they famously starred in director Joseph Losey’s The Romantic Englishwoman.
A synopsis for the new film reads: ‘It was a story that captured the imagination of the world – Bernie seemed to embody the defiant, ‘can-do’ spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing.
‘But of course, it wasn’t the whole story. It was the story we all tell ourselves to make war and old age bearable. The bitter-sweet script explores the reality with wit and a very big heart.
Here we go: With principal photography well underway on the East Sussex beach, Caine was spotted confined to a wheelchair as he prepared to shoot his scenes
‘Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (Jackson) – the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we might all learn from the Greatest Generation.’