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Michael Caine, Smart Blonde

Maurice Micklewhite, better known as Sir Michael Caine, is a resourceful actor and one hilarious guy, as this New York mag interview (hat tip, moviecitynews.com) amply proves. The man who was Alfie, Harry Palmer in "The Ipcress File," b.f.f. to "The Man Who Would Be King," and most lately Alfred in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," is naughtily funny on the subject of John Wayne, who told him to "speak low and speak slow" and gave him even better advice on why never to wear suede shoes.

Michael Caine, Smart Blonde

Michael Caine, king of candor.
Michael Caine, king of candor.

Maurice Micklewhite, better known as Sir Michael Caine, is a resourceful actor and one hilarious guy, as this New York mag interview (hat tip, moviecitynews.com) amply proves. The man who was Alfie, Harry Palmer in "The Ipcress File," b.f.f. to "The Man Who Would Be King," and  most lately Alfred in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," is naughtily funny on the subject of John Wayne, who told him to "speak low and speak slow" and gave him even better advice on why never to wear suede shoes.

I love him as Peachy in "The Man Who Would Be King," as the erring husband in "Hannah and Her Sisters" and best of all, as the pub-mate in an underknown British indie film, "The Last Orders." Yes, he was indiscriminate in some of his movie choices, often going for the easy money rather than the hard work. (There is a pretty good joke in "PCU," a lively college satire based on life at Wesleyan University, about Pigman, a film student doing his thesis on "The Caine/Hackman Theory." As the film's lead, Jeremy Piven, explains: "No matter what time it is, 24 hours a day, you can find a Michael Caine or Gene Hackman movie on TV.") Nevetheless, Caine is the Cockney Who Would Be Smart Blond. 

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