The Dark Knight Actor Michael Caine Debunks Retirement Rumors

By Liam Crowley Updated:
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Michael Caine's acting career has taken him to tremendous heights.

The British actor has won Academy Awards, grossed billions at the global box office, and been an integral piece to numerous 21st-century franchises. Comic book movie fans will recognize Caine as The Dark Knight's Alfred, a role he portrayed for each of Christopher Nolan's three Batman movies.

With dozens of films under his belt, dating as far back as 1956, fans have questioned how much longer the 88-year-old actor will stay in practice.

While retirement rumblings made their way across the internet earlier this week, Caine himself has clarified that he still has more to do.

Caine Shuts Down Retirement Rumors

Michael Caine isn't hanging it up just yet.

Representatives for Caine confirmed to Variety that the 70-year acting veteran is not retiring and is currently reviewing two scripts for future projects. This comes after reports circulated of Caine's retirement on Friday, October 15, 2021.

In a statement, Caine noted that he has been rising early for over half a century to act, and he doesn't plan to change his morning routine anytime soon:

“Regarding retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6 a.m. to make movies, and I’m not getting rid of my alarm clock!”

The Dark Knight actor also took to Twitter to personally debunk the rumors:

"I haven’t retired and not a lot of people know that."

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There aren't many actors as married to their craft as Michael Caine.

Caine's career has had enough accomplishments for many lifetimes. There isn't much that Caine hasn't done; however, it's clear the actor wants to stay in practice purely out of love for the game. 

As for what projects could be in the cards for Caine's acting future, look no further than Christopher Nolan. Caine has paired with Nolan numerous times, including the entire The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and most recently in 2020's Tenet. Nolan's next film was recently announced, a biopic based on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atom bomb. While details surrounding the film's cast have been limited, history stands to reason that Caine could reunite with his longtime director one more time.

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