Michael Caine Quotes

“A lot of people said, Who do you think you are? I told them I know exactly who I am and I’ll tell you exactly where I’m going.” ~ Michael Caine

“It’s a lesson in life—don’t look back, you’ll trip over.” ~ Michael Caine

“Obsession is a young man’s game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old.” ~ Michael Caine

Obsession is a young man's

“I’m every bourgeois nightmare – a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.” ~ Michael Caine

“Use the difficulties – if you can’t avoid them” ~ Michael Caine

“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.” ~ Michael Caine

“I’m forever testing myself. As a person and as an actor, I have no sense of competition.” ~ Michael Caine

I'm forever testing myself.

“I’m looking for me to disappear, and the acting to disappear, and all you see is a real person.” ~ Michael Caine

“I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn’t.” ~ Michael Caine

“A man should dress in a way that you don’t notice. He looks good and you don’t know why. But it’s the tailoring, the materials, and the clothes.” ~ Michael Caine

“Theater acting is an operation with a scalpel, movie acting is an operation with a laser” ~ Michael Caine

Theater acting is an operation

“The difference between a movie star and a movie actor is this – a movie star will say, ‘How can I change the script to suit me?’ and a movie actor will say. ‘How can I change me to suit the script?'” ~ Michael Caine

“If you’re a movie actor, you’re on your own – you cannot control the stage. The director controls it.” ~ Michael Caine

“In film, other actors’ performances really are not your concern. If the other actor isn’t giving you what you want, act as though he were.” ~ Michael Caine

“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.” ~ Michael Caine

First of all, I choose the

“Save your money. You’re going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.” ~ Michael Caine

“I admired Marlon Brando as I grew up. I though he was one of the finest screen actors around.” ~ Michael Caine

“The first thing I’ll do if I want to look really crappy is, I don’t wear any makeup at all.” ~ Michael Caine

“Movie actors earn their living and learn their craft through listening and reacting.” ~ Michael Caine

Movie actors earn their

“Maybe its time we stop trying to avoid the truth and let it have its day.” ~ Michael Caine

“When I’m doing an accent, you shouldn’t notice it for a while, if I’m doing it right.” ~ Michael Caine

“I always exposed the weakness rather than the nastiness.” ~ Michael Caine

“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.” ~ Michael Caine

“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.” ~ Michael Caine

I think I have the secret of a

“I have been rich and I have been poor. I know which one I prefer.” ~ Michael Caine

“Don’t sit as if you have nothing to say. You should be bursting with things to say. You just choose at this particular place and time, not to say them.” ~ Michael Caine

“I don’t see myself as anything. I just wander around getting on with my life.” ~ Michael Caine

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

I feel that I helped the working

“I didn’t know what I knew. I wasn’t aware of what I knew.” ~ Michael Caine

“I did everything. I ran my life exactly as I wanted to, all the time. I never listened to anybody. I’m pig-headed.” ~ Michael Caine

“I wouldn’t make an anti-American film. I’m one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans.” ~ Michael Caine

“I don’t work very much, and I just sit here waiting for a script that I can’t refuse – and I’m not talking about money.” ~ Michael Caine

“I’ve made the transition from star to character actor and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.” ~ Michael Caine

I've made the transition from

“My mum never understood how much I earned. When I told her I earned a million pounds a film, she said, ‘How much is that?'” ~ Michael Caine

“My dialogue coach said to do a Texas accent, you lean on the next word, and that was the clue to me.” ~ Michael Caine

“My career is going better now than when I was younger. Now I get the part. Back then, I’d get the girl.” ~ Michael Caine

My career is going better

“Things are not quite what they seem always. Don’t start me on class, otherwise you’ll get a four-hour lecture.” ~ Michael Caine

“I’ve done my job and I’ve got the picture out there, and I’m very happy with it.” ~ Michael Caine

“I used to get the girl; now I get the part. In ‘The Quiet American’ you may have noticed I got the part and the girl. It’s a milestone for me, because it’s the last time I’m going to get the girl.” ~ Michael Caine