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Michael Caine: 'I've become a movie actor, rather than a movie star'

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Sir Michael Caine has said that he no long considers himself to be a movie star.

The 80-year-old actor explained to NPR that the types of roles he is offered have naturally changed dramatically throughout his life.

Sir Michael Caine says some words about Christopher Nolan.

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"If you're a movie star, you get the girl, you lose the girl, and then you get her back," Caine said.

"But if you're a character like me, you lose the girl, then you get another one, then you get another one, then you lose them all, then you lose your life. It's all very different. And it's fascinating for me."

He continued: "It's [being] a movie actor, as opposed to movie star. And I remember when it happened to me. A producer sent me a script, and I sent it back and said, 'The part's too small. I don't want to play it'.

"And he sent it back and said, 'I didn't want you to play the lover; I wanted you to play the father'. And I thought, oh my god. I rushed in the bathroom, had a look in the mirror, and there wasn't the lover looking at me: There was the father."

Caine gained international fame for his roles in hit films like Alfie and The Italian Job, and later won two Academy Awards for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules.

Victory (Escape To Victory), Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine

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Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone in 'Victory'



The iconic actor revealed that he does have several films that he hopes moviegoers will remember long after he's gone.

"I'd pick Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [as my favourite] because it was the funniest," Caine commented. "I'd pick Educating Rita because it was the farthest away from me - I'm playing a university professor."

He went on to say: "I'd pick Alfie, which made me a star and got me my first Academy Award nomination.

"Some people would have said The Man Who Would Be King and things like that, or Get Carter, Sleuth with Larry [Laurence] Olivier - I mean, there were a lot of them. But these were the three."

His current movie Now You See Me is now playing in the US and opens on July 3 in the UK. Watch a trailer below:

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