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" Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America. "
" In England, I was a Cockney actor. In America, I was an actor. "
" The greatest luxury is not driving. I didn't own a car until I was 30, and that was a Rolls-Royce, so it was cheaper to insure a chauffeur. I never want to drive again. My mind is always on other things. I hate parking, and I'm very short-tempered and would get road rage, I'm sure. "
" I'm forever testing myself. As a person and as an actor, I have no sense of competition. "
" A lot of movie stars are not great actors; they're just very good-looking. And when they start to age and they don't have the looks any more, then it's over. "
" In my early days, I didn't know what a good film or a bad film was, and I was trying to make some money. As it happens I was lucky. I made some good films. "
" I think I have the secret of a successful L.A. restaurant, especially now that so many Europeans live there. You have to have a place where they can see out the windows, see the world passing by. Europeans fancy that. "
" My view of actors is that basically they're all harmless lunatics who'd be on the psychiatrist's couch, except that we get this sort of catharsis every six months or so, and we go and be absolutely someone else. "
" I'm always slightly envious of people who become extremely rich without anyone knowing who the hell they are, like financiers. "
" To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times. "
" If you're a movie star, you get the girl, you lose the girl, and then you get her back. 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. "
" I don't do it often, but I do cry. I also laugh a lot; people tell me I'm funny and I do like to laugh. "
" Presenting the Oscars was the most nerve-racking job I have ever done in show business. It's very much a live show: they have comedy writers waiting in the wings, and as you come off between presentations, they hand you an appropriate gag to tell. "
" I'm a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter. "
" I try to make everyone around me feel comfortable. "
" I feel like 35. At 35 you're old enough to know something and young enough to look forward to what you can do with the knowledge. So I stayed at 35! "
" What a lot of people don't realize about gangs, in my opinion, is that a gang is not there to attack you. Eighty percent of the people in a gang are there to stop anyone from attacking them. You join a gang for protection, not to go out and hit someone. "
" To me, growing old is great. It's the very best thing - considering the alternative. "
" I don't want to sound like Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells, but I do think there should be some sort of national service for young men. "
" Every time you get a movie, you get a medical. So you know, you know you're alright for a couple of weeks. "
" I just love to go home, no matter where I am, the most luxurious hotel suite in the world, I love to go home. "
" I'm the audience's representative on earth. "
" A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything. "
" I used to get the girl; now I get the part. In 'The Quiet American' you may have noticed I got the part and the girl. It's a milestone for me, because it's the last time I'm going to get the girl. "
" My wife comes with me on all the movies, but she is not an appendage to a film star or anything like that. She is a completely intertwined partner. She is the other half of me. Also, we're still very much in love with each other. We always have been, we always will be. "
" When you reach the top, that's when the climb begins. "
" If someone is very upper-class, you have a stereotype of him which is probably true. If someone has a working-class accent, you have no idea who you're talking to. "
" I was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite. Imagine signing that autograph! You'd get a broken arm. So I changed my name to Michael Caine after Humphrey Bogart's 'The Caine Mutiny,' which was playing in the theater across from the telephone booth where I learned that I'd gotten my first TV job. "
" When I'm doing an accent, you shouldn't notice it for a while, if I'm doing it right. "
" I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn't. "
" In the sixties, everyone you knew became famous. My flatmate was Terence Stamp. My barber was Vidal Sassoon. David Hockney did the menu in a restaurant I went to. I didn't know anyone unknown who didn't become famous. "