Michael Caine Talks Vague Retirement Plans After 'Now You See Me 2'
Just one day after revealing that Daniel Radcliffe would play his son in the magician heist sequel Now You See Me 2, it appears Michael Caine doesn't have any solid plans to continue acting after he completes filming this December. Speaking on Newsnight (via The Guardian), Caine revealed, "I have no ambitions now … all I do is, I do films that I really want to do. If I don’t get a script – which I don’t have – that entices me out, I’ll be done in December when I do the last picture, the last script I’ve got." Obviously he leaves that open-ended so he wouldn't be out of the game completely, but it may be harder to get Caine on film now.
Here's the interview in question where Caine talks about retiring after Now You See Me 2:
The 81-year old actor has starred in a wide variety of films in a long career that has spanned 64 years. In addition to winning Oscars for his roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules, he's been seen in Zulu, Alfie, the original iterations of Gambit, The Italian Job and Get Carter, not to mention memorable turns in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Austin Powers in Goldmember and the Dark Knight trilogy, along with all of Christopher Nolan's films since Batman Begins. That's certainly an illustrious career, and we wouldn't blame him for retiring.
Caine added, "I always went into every movie with an aim. It was either to get an Oscar or make money, that’s the two reasons I do movies. I’ve got two Oscars and I’ve got some money so I’m alright.” He also talked about retirement on Jonathan Ross' show across the pond saying, "Now I’ve retired, sort of. I’m doing a second one of Now You See Me, a picture I did about magicians. I do that in December and then I stop. But then someone will give me a script.” We're betting Christopher Nolan wouldn't have a hard time getting Caine out of retirement for his films, but other than that, it sounds like he'll be much less available in the future. We'll be sure to let you know if he ends up finding any new roles.