‘Didn’t know what the hell was going on’ Michael Caine, 88, talks life in the 1960s

Michael Caine receives award at Karlovy Vary film festival

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Michael Caine, 88, has long been a staple of the British acting industry, famously known for his distinctive South London accent. He has appeared in more than 130 films during a career spanning over 60 years, and is considered a true film icon, which is no word of a lie.

I didn’t know what the hell was going on!

Michael Caine

In the 1960s, Caine made his break-through in a number of films such as Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969).

But while fans can watch back prestigious moments in his career, the actor admitted he has “no interest” in revisiting old glories and can rarely be persuaded to look back at his work himself.

In fact, he confessed to only watching Alfie “maybe two or three times”.

Despite becoming a legend on-screen, he recalled just living his life as a regular person, with no perspective on being a celebrity whatsoever.

“I was just in the disco, p***ed,” he chuckled in a new interview.

“I didn’t know what the hell was going on!”

What he does reminisce on however, is the people he was surrounded by at the time.

“My generation is going,” he told The Guardian.

“All my friends are dying off, because we all got so old.

“Roger Moore, Sean Connery – those are two of my closest friends who went. Then a couple of days ago, Johnny Gold, who owned Tramp, the discotheque in London.”

He also divulged that he has another very close friend who is “very, very ill”.

“If he survives until next weekend I’ll be surprised,” Caine sighed.

“And I won’t mention his name, but you’ll read about him in the papers.”

Away from the glitz and glam of cinema, the film star tried his hand at something else during the multiple Covid lockdowns.

Instead of dossing the sofa watching TV, he sat and wrote a thriller novel, which is set to be published next year.

“The title is If You Don’t Want to Die,” he revealed.

“I only read thrillers.

“I’m an adventure man, I’m not a literature person, so I’m not trying to replace Shakespeare here.”

He went on: “It’s based on something I once read about two dustmen, two rubbish collectors in the East End.

“And they find uranium in the rubbish.”

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