Michael Caine life lessons can inspire beyond your wildest dreams and always with his humble and noble presence. This book is a must-read and I would add a piece to collect.
His life stories will keep you glued on its pages and will give you that burst to keep on going.
Michael had seen Nolan’s movie “Memento,” and assumed this new film would also be something low-budget.
Chris explained the script and why he wanted me in the movie. This was not going to be a small arty intellectual piece. Chris was making a series of huge Hollywood blockbusters: a trilogy of Batman movies. “Who do you want me to play in it?” I asked. In my head I had already imagined and then quickly written off Batman, but I thought perhaps I could be a great villain.
“The butler,” said Chris.
I hid my disappointment and smiled. “The butler? What do I say? ‘Dinner is served’?”
Chris smiled back. “He’s not that kind of butler,” he said. “Batman is an orphan and the butler is a father to him. It’s a very important role.”
“OK. Well, leave me the script and I’ll read it and send it back to you tomorrow.”
“No,” said Chris in what I would come to recognise as his hallmark quiet-but-authoritative manner. “I want you to read it now. I’ll wait until you’re done and you can tell me yes or no.”
“Oh, OK,” I said. Obediently I went to my office and read it. And loved it: Alfred Pennyworth, the butler, was a beautifully written role and the whole thing was just fabulous … Thank goodness I’d trained myself to say yes. There I was, at the age of seventy-one, cast in one of the greatest movie trilogies ever made and about to kick off ten years of movie-making heaven.
Michael comes across as a hard-working, decent chap who feels grateful to have had such good fortune in his career and with his family. I was looking for something pleasant and this was a perfect audiobook for that.
“I have been enormously lucky. My seemingly impossible dreams have really come true. I have done everything I wanted to do, been everywhere I wanted to go and met everyone I have ever wanted to meet. But if I hadn’t been lucky, I would have kept going anyway, doing something I loved and trying to do it as well as I possibly could. In the end if I could give you one bit of advice, it would be that: find what you love, and do it as well as you can. Pursue your dream and, even if you never catch it, you’ll enjoy the chase.”
Now in his 85th year, Hollywood legend Michael Caine shares wisdom and stories from his remarkable career in this “engrossing” memoir that “shines with positive energy” (Library Journal, starred review).
One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie, Zulu, and The Italian Job (the inspiration for the book title) to playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale’s Batman in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy. Caine has excelled in every kind of role – with a skill that’s made it look easy.
Caine knows what success takes. He’s made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, “Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it.”
Still working and more beloved than ever, Caine now shares everything he’s learned – and “his fans will be rewarded, as will anyone seeking an enjoyable, inspirational read” (Library Journal).
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