Caine, Michael Caine

12Jul08

I just watched the multi-Academy Award-winning and two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The charming, sweet, and funny Michael Caine, who plays Alfred Pennyworth—Bruce Wayne’s butler of similar characteristics—in The Dark Knight, which comes out next freaking Friday.

Yesterday the great actor was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony outside of Grauman’s world-famous Chinese Theater, one of Hollywood’s most well-known landmarks. On The Tonight Show he called Heath Ledger and his performance in The Dark Knight “extraordinary”; they showed this clip (one of the twelve featured on IESB.net recently).

Here’s some trivia about Caine.

1. His agent is Toni Howard.

2. In 1965 he was in Hollywood working on the film Gambit with Shirley MacLaine. There he met Jane Russel, who recognized him from Alfie. John Wayne once told him, “Kid, you’re gonna go a long way,” and gave him this advice: “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.” He also warned him never to wear suede shoes.

3. He’s worked with Christopher Nolan—whom he considers one of the greatest directors he has ever acted under—on three films now: The Prestige, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight.

4. At the age of fourteen he was in a youth club for basketball, when he noticed a drama class down the hall filled with “pretty girls.” Michael claims that’s why he became an actor: Instead of hitting the showers with a bunch of guys, he could be kissing girls. ;D

5. He was in a 1978 movie called Silver Bears with Jay Leno.

6. He was accused of being a “suspected terrorist” in an airport in Austin, Texas. As the security guard was checking him, he said he loved him in The Man Who Would Be King. When Caine asked why he had stopped him, it was explained that he fit the profile perfectly: He was a foreigner, he was traveling in first class, he had no luggage, and he was last aboard the plane—all shared traits of terrorists in 9-11.

The next cast appearances are on the 14th: Christian Bale on The Today Show (11:30 am Eastern) and Gary Oldman on The View (11:00 am Eastern) and Late Night with Conan O’Brien (12:35 am Eastern). Unfortunately, the only one I could probably catch is the one with Gary Oldman on Conan O’Brien, but I doubt I’ll want to. I won’t be around (it’s my birthday), but I can try to record one or two of the shows to report on later. We’ll see. 😛

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