Sir Michael Caine has officially announced his retirement from acting after the release of his latest film. The iconic 90-year-old actor, known for his roles in numerous films, including “The Great Escaper,” where he starred alongside the late Glenda Jackson, confirmed his decision to retire on BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
Although Sir Michael had previously hinted at retirement, he had often been lured back into acting. However, this time, he firmly stated, “I keep saying I’m going to retire. Well, I am now.” He went on to express his reasoning, stating, “I’ve had a film where I played the lead and received incredible reviews… What can I possibly do that will surpass this?”
In “The Great Escaper,” Sir Michael portrayed Bernie Jordan, a real-life World War Two veteran who made headlines in 2014 when he escaped from his care home to attend D-Day anniversary celebrations in France.
Sir Michael Caine acknowledged that his decision to retire stemmed from the likelihood of receiving fewer acting opportunities in old age. With a touch of humor, he remarked, “I’m probably only going to receive offers for roles as 90-year-old men, or perhaps 85-year-olds.” They won’t be leading roles because young, handsome actors and actresses typically reserve those parts, and you don’t often find leading men at the age of 90. So, I thought, I might as well retire with all these accomplishments.”
He also revealed that he had initially turned down his last film three times before accepting it, as he had already considered himself retired.