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Michael Caine quotes

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?'

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

Obsession is a young man's game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old.

I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead.

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.

My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much.

I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.

I did everything. I ran my life exactly as I wanted to, all the time. I never listened to anybody. I'm pig-headed.

I wouldn't make an anti-American film. I'm one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans.

I'm every bourgeois nightmare - a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.

I felt a tremendous sadness for men who can't deal with a woman of their own age.

The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.

I think what is British about me is my feelings and awareness of others and their situations. English people are always known to be well mannered and cold but we are not cold - we don't interfere in your situation. If we are heartbroken, we don't scream in your face with tears - we go home and cry on our own.

When you reach the top, that's when the climb begins.

For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart.

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.

I read books like mad, but I am careful to to let anything I read influence me.

I've made the transition from star to character actor and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything.