The two-time Academy Award winner, Michael Caine, announced his retirement from acting Friday after playing his last part in “Best Sellers”.
Caine announced the news on the BBC Radio show Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, following what will be his final onscreen appearance in the new film Best Sellers.
“Funnily enough, it has turned out to be what is my last part, really,” Caine explained. “Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem, which affects my legs. So, I can’t walk very well.”
“And I also wrote a book, a couple of books, which were published and were successful. So, I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer, which is lovely because as an actor, you have to get up at half-past 6 in the morning and go to the studio. As a writer, you can start writing without leaving the bed,” he added.
The 88-year-old actor stars in Best Sellers as famed cantankerous writer Harris Shaw, who reluctantly agrees to go on a tour promoting his first book in decades. The movie, which was shot in Montreal in 2019, also stars Scott Speedman, Cary Elwes and Ellen Wong.
“I think it would be [my last role],” he confirmed. “There haven’t been any offers, obviously, for two years, because nobody’s been making any movies I want to do. But also, I’m 88. There aren’t exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man who’s 88.”