Hollywood’s Greatest: Then and Now – Michael Caine Part 3

Where Is He Now?

Nominated for an Oscar six times, winning it twice, Caine has settled down into more supporting roles over the past 10 years. Caine appeared in a couple of remakes of his older films, the first being the Stephen Kay-directed Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone starring in the lead role as Jack Carter this time (instead of Caine). The second would be the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Sleuth, starring Jude Law in Caine’s previous role and Caine in the role originated by Laurence Olivier. Jude Law would end up starring in a remake of Caine’s Oscar-nominated film Alfie.

Now that we’re past the remakes, Caine would be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in the Phillip Noyce directed film, The Quiet American. In 2005, Caine would appear in the first of his films with director Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins. Since 2005, Caine has appeared in all four of Christopher Nolan’s films: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception.

In 2006, Caine appeared in one of the most acclaimed films of the decade: Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men. The film is considered the eleventh-greatest film of the 2000s (source:Metacritic). While playing a minor role, many critics praised Caine’s performance. And to be perfectly frank here, when I first watched the movie, I honestly had no idea that it was him. And when I found out it was him…I couldn’t believe it.

In 2011, Caine would lend his voice to two animated films: Gnomeo and Juliet (also featuring the voice of Maggie Smith), and Cars 2. In 2012, he already appeared in the action-adventure family film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans. Later this year, Caine will reprise his role as Alfred Pennyworth in the third and final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises. Caine will also be starring in the film Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, and will play a supporting role in Louis Leterrier’s magic/heist thriller Now You See Me. Caine has been busy over the past year, and I can just about guarantee that he won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Josh Kaye for Classic Movie Hub

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