Where to Look for Michael Caine: From 'Alfie' to 'Best Sellers'
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Michael Caine has a new movie out, entitled Best Sellers, and it looks like a lot of fun, topped-up with surliness. We see Caine, starring opposite Aubrey Plaza, whose character works at a book publisher. Plaza's Lucy Stanbridge is on a mission to get the industry moving and find a new author to make that happen. What she finds is an established author, played by Caine, who is a bit of recluse.
Stanbridge goes above and beyond her job, getting him out of the house and back into the public:
We've only seen Caine in the trailer, but that got us wanting more. Let's take a peek at some of his earlier work:
1. Alfie (1966)
In 1966, we saw Caine in the title role of Alfie. Alfie is young, handsome and a total charmer. He may also be a bit of a narcissist. But, a good story has some conflict. When we meet Alfie, he's living the life of a bachelor and is quite the ladies' man, but he begins to turn things around. He comes to the realization that his actions do have consequences and he may be hurting people along the way.
2. Blame It on Rio (1984)
Caine took his show on the road, actually the air, and traveled to Brazil for 1984's Blame It on Rio. He and Joseph Bologna star as best friends, who take their daughters on vacation. Caine's character, Matthew, gets himself into a tricky situation. His friend's daughter admittedly has a crush on him. Matthew knows pursuing this relationship is wrong, but he struggles to resist her advancements.
3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Caine teamed up with Steve Martin for 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Both play con artists, but Caine's character is a bit more seasoned and a bit more polished. The two meet by chance and become rivals. From there, they decided to join forces. But, as the story progresses, there's another con artist in the midst. She is so good, neither of them even suspect they may about to be undone.
4. The Cider House Rules (1999)
In 1999, Caine starred in The Cider House Rules. The story is based in an orphanage, which Caine's character runs and oversees the youths who find themselves there. Caine portrays Dr. Wilbur Larch, who takes one of the adolescents under his wing, training him on medicine. The young man, Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), then leaves to venture out on his own, finding his place in the world.
5. Miss Congeniality (2000)
In 2000, Caine starred in the breakout hit Miss Congeniality, opposite Sandra Bullock. Bullock takes on the role of an FBI agent who goes undercover at a beauty pageant in an attempt to thwart an expected bombing. She's not quite at the same level as the other competitors, and that's where Caine's character steps in. As a coach, he gets her to where she needs to be to qualify as a finalist.
6. Batman Begins (2005)
We then saw Caine as the iconic Alfred in 2005's Batman Begins. Sure, Batman has his trusty sidekick Robin, but really, his right-hand man is his trusted companion Alfred, who works as a butler, but their relationship goes beyond that, with Alfred acting as an advisor and protector. Christian Bale takes on the title role and in this installment, there is no Robin, making Alfred even that more important.
7. Inception (2010)
In 2010, Caine signed on for writer-director Christopher Nolan's twisty-turvy Inception. In the sci-fi flick we see a group of specialists who are able to enter and manipulate people's dreams, planting ideas that are not real. Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Cobb, is the team leader, basing a lot of what he knows on what he learned from his professor and father-in-law Stephen Miles, played by Caine.
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Next up... espionage. Caine has been hitting all the genres, starring in 2014's spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. Caine stars opposite Colin Firth, who takes on the role of seasoned spy Harry Hart. Hart recruits a kid off the street (Taron Egerton) and turns him into a skilled secret agent. Caine portrays Chester "Arthur" King, who everyone reports to, hence the group's name... Kingsman.
9. Youth (2015)
Set in the Swiss Alps, Caine portrays a composer contemplating retirement in 2015's Youth. His character and the people around him know he still has a lot of life and music in him. He and his friend (Harvey Keitel) travel to a retreat for some R&R. But, Caine's character doesn't really see the point of getting in shape at his age. The spa may provide some newfound energy or be the end of him.
10. Book Sellers
We can look for Caine in Book Sellers, which is currently available for streaming on Apple TV+. He takes on the role of a retired author, named Harris Shaw. While he has no interest in leaving retirement, for that matter, venturing out into public, he reluctantly agrees to a book tour. Aubrey Plaza's book publisher character laying out a binding contract in front of him, helped with the decision-making.
Caine's body of work is way too expansive to cover in one space, with this roundup providing a nice sampling.
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