When veteran actor Michael Caine – known for appearances in classic films such as The Italian Job and The Dark Knight trilogy – referred to his role in the recent comedy-drama Best Sellers as “his last part”, rumours began circulating that the star is retiring from his craft.
He told Simon Mayo that it’s “because I haven’t worked for two years” and he has a “spine problem” which affects his legs and his walking.
“I also wrote a couple of books which were published and were successful, so I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer,” he said.
Some wonder whether Caine was joking, or only referring to main character roles, as he went on to add: “There’s not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man who’s 88.”
However, representatives of the film star have since told The Wrap that he is not retiring – not least because many people believe he will star in Oppenheimer, a new film from long-term collaborator and director Christopher Nolan about the American theoretical physicist considered by many as the ‘father of the atomic bomb’.
His Inception and Batman co-star Cillian Murphy will star in the title role, with filming set to start next year.