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" Every time you get a movie, you get a medical. So you know, you know you're alright for a couple of weeks. "
" Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It's a company town, and I happen to like the company! "
" If you go away on location for three months and your wife stays at home, you've made a whole new load of friends and she's made a whole new load of friends and you get home and you're kind of strangers. "
" 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! "
" The standing ovation threw me... to be held in such regard in a town so full of talent is quite something. "
" When I look in the mirror, I see someone who's happy with how he looks, because I was never one of the handsome Hollywood people. And I've had success as I've gotten older, because I'm able to play characters. I no longer get the girl, but I get the part. "
" Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America. "
" 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. "
" A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything. "
" One of the main things about Cockney is, you speak at twice the speed as Americans. Americans speak very slow. "
" To be a movie star, you have to carry a movie. And to carry a movie where you play the title role is the supreme example. "
" When you reach the top, that's when the climb begins. "
" You can see all sorts of things in film acting if you know where to look and what to look for. One thing I often notice is that the actor is looking for his mark, the place where he has to stand to be in the right place in the shot. "
" English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite. "
" The first thing I'll do if I want to look really crappy is, I don't wear any makeup at all. "
" I'm a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter. "
" The difference between a movie star and a movie actor is this - a movie star will say, 'How can I change the script to suit me?' and a movie actor will say. 'How can I change me to suit the script?' "
" 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 don't meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers. "
" Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. "
" I don't worry about the last shot or the next shot. I concentrate. Every shot gets a clean slate. And when a shot is over, I wipe it out absolutely. Tell a joke or something. If you worry about how you looked, how well you did, you'll go insane. "
" I regard myself as someone who is retired but who occasionally goes out to work. In fact, I'm offered so much good stuff that it's not so occasional. "
" Funny things happen to you in movies for silly reasons. "
" 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. "
" I've made the transition from star to character actor and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. "
" The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought, That's what I want to do. "
" My closest friends are Roger Moore, who is an actor, Sean Connery, who is an actor, Terry O'Neill, who is a photographer, Johnny Gold, who was the boss of Tramp, and Leslie Bricusse, who is a composer. "
" 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. "
" At 69, I got the girl! And it wasn't a 68-year-old girl, either. "
" I admired Marlon Brando as I grew up. I though he was one of the finest screen actors around. "
" 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. "