Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.
Such is an actor's life. We must ride the waves of every film, barfing occasionally, yet maintain our dignity, even as the bulk of our Herculean efforts are keel-hauled before our very eyes. [On filming MacHale's Navy]
Film stars to me were always six feet four, had perfect teeth and could do handstands on Malibu Beach - and didn't need glasses
I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
My career is going better now than when I was younger. It used to be that I'd get the girl but not the part. Now I get the part but not the girl.
First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.
For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart.
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.
The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly -because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them.
My name is Michael Caine - not a lot of people know that.
...some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write.
I did everything. I ran my life exactly as I wanted to, all the time. I never listened to anybody. I'm pig-headed.
Save your money. You're going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.