Michael Caine says he is unrecognizable in latest film role

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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Me a Lothario? Not when the missus is on set! Michael Caine reveals how he and his wife of 42 years endure marriage in Hollywood.

The legendary British actor attended this year’s film festival in the French city to promote his latest movie, Youth. ‘In this business, you’re surrounded by beautiful women — but I’ve got one at home,’ he said, with a smile. ‘I’ve got one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen, so I’ve never been tempted to stray.’ ‘Going on location, where there are beautiful leading ladies — or temptations elsewhere — is a killer.CANNES – Italian filmmaker Paul Sorrentino has already dipped his toe into the familiar genre of characters of a certain age reminiscing about the good old days with 2013’s “The Grand Beauty.” He even won an Oscar for it.

An 82-year-old Michael Caine gets a massage and 77-year-old Jane Fonda’s wig falls off and her make-up is streaked by tears in Youth, a Cannes competition film that shows what a drag it is getting old no matter how wealthy you are.CANNES — Michael Caine was in top form at a press conference for his latest film, “Youth,” by Paolo Sorrentino — and had journalists in fits of laughter with his witty responses.“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” Maggie Gyllenhaal recently remarked to TheWrap Magazine.

And while the film has had glowing reviews, the 82-year-old admitted he was feeling his age a little. “It’s like a circus, and if you like rock n roll music in your ear, you’ll get it until two o’clock in the morning in the bedroom,” he told USA Today. “The place is like, they’ve built all discotheque’s along the beach and everything, and so it goes on the whole time. Two years later he returns to the Cannes Film Festival with “Youth,” a follow up that stands besides “Grand Beauty” thematically while also presenting a decidedly different point of view. “Youth” starts off with The Retrosettes Sister Band performing a cover of Florence + The Machine’s “You Got the Love.” A contemporary song interpreted in an intentionally retro style and a twist on the old adage “everything old is new again.” In this case, everything new is old again, a theme that may or may not apply to the central characters in Sorrentino’s cinematic opera. Both actors, as well as co-star Harvey Keitel, 76, said after a screening of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s film, set among wealthy retirees in a posh Swiss resort, that there was no disguising who they are at this age. “The only alternative to playing elderly people is playing dead people. Here are some of the highlights: On why he hasn’t been to Cannes for decades: “I came to Cannes 50 years ago with a movie called ‘Alfie.’ ‘Alfie’ won a prize and I didn’t, so I never came back.

And there are acts and shows, and it’s very noisy.” The Get Carter actor attended the festivities alongside his co-stars Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda. The movie centers on Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), a legendary British composer and conductor, and Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a famous American film director.

I’m not going all that way for nothing.” On youngsters not knowing his older work: “I get stopped in the streets by 12-year-olds and asked for my autograph. But the star couldn’t help but have another gripe, taking on the infamous stairs at the premiere. “Those steps you’ve got to climb them all on your own, that’s not quite as glamorous as you’d think when you get to my age,” he laughed. “There’s like 50 steps you know and you think, ‘I’m going to fall up these if I’m not careful’.” While his advancing years seem to have put him at a slight disadvantage at the festival, Michael is actually very comfortable with getting older.

I’m quite smart, I picked elderly people,” Caine joked at a news conference where he and Fonda were queried about scenes which seem to strip them of all or most make-up. “It didn’t matter to me because it’s the only body I’ve got. And one reason is the joy he gets from seeing the next generation of his family grow up. “The older people keep quiet about all that fuss that goes on about being young,” he revealed. “I’m enjoying doing it [getting old] I have three grandchildren and I just want to be here for as old as they possibly can get. The movie, by Italian master film-maker Paolo Sorrentino, is about an eminent British conductor (Caine) who has been asked by the Queen to oversee a performance of one of his compositions. I’m Batman’s butler, that’s all it is.” On meeting Queen Elizabeth: “She knighted me once … and I nearly got into trouble because she said … ‘I have a feeling you have been doing what you do for a very long time.’ And I almost said: ‘And so have you.’ Michael, keep your mouth shut — you’re about to lose your knighthood.” On the queen’s humor: I was at a party with her once and there was a very dull man on her other side and she eventually turned to me and said: ‘Mr. At a Cannes press event, Caine recalled his own experience discovering he was, at least according to casting directors, too old to play a romantic lead.

So don’t get too smart.” Fonda, who practically invented the screen look of the pneumatic female superhero in the 1968 French-Italian sci-fi movie Barbarella, said she had enjoyed her part in Sorrentino’s film as the aged Hollywood diva Brenda Morley, upon whom Keitel’s director character depends for making his last film. Caine, do you know any jokes?’ I said: ‘None that I can tell you’ … She has a great sense of humor.” The rapper released a statement Tuesday saying he was “grossly over-censored” during his performance on the show. Caine and Keitel play old friends in the film and they observe youth, and bask in its vitality. ‘We’re in a swimming pool and a naked Miss Universe gets in. The script was returned to him with an addendum: Caine wasn’t reading for the romantic lead, but for the character’s father. “And that’s when my career changed. …I suddenly realized I wasn’t gonna get the girl anymore. And, yes, even the reigning Miss Universe (Madalina Diana Ghenea) stops by to embarrass her fellow guests for assuming she doesn’t have any semblance of a brain.

Fonda answered questions about Hollywood’s ageism in a recent interview with the Guardian: Meanwhile, Blythe Danner—perhaps best known to the younger set as Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother—stars in I’ll See You in My Dreams. Fred is being pressured by an Emissary for the Queen of England (Alex Macqueen) to perform his signature composition at a concert for Prince Phillip but much to her majesty’s disappointment continues to turn them down.

Mick has brought along four thirtysomething screenwriters to help him finish the script for his next picture, a drama he expects will reunite him with legendary actress Brenda Morel (a glorious Jane Fonda) who he discovered decades ago. In the intervening half century he has made, by his own admission, some stinkers — but plenty of quality films, too, such as The Italian Job, Get Carter, The Man Who Would be King, Dressed To Kill, Educating Rita, and two that won him Academy Awards: Hannah And Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules. Each of their worlds are thrown for a loop when Fred’s daughter Leda (Rachel Weisz) is dumped by her husband who – surprise – also just happens to be Mick’s son. We all experience loss, and grief is the price we pay for loving.” Perhaps we really are, finally, on the precipice of a more interesting Hollywood. “A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” Maggie Gyllenhaal told TheWrap.

Christopher Nolan tracked him down and collared him for six pictures, including the Batman trilogy, in which he played the caped crusader’s butler Alfred. ‘I keep in shape to stay alive, not in order to impress someone with a great body,’ he scoffed. He walks two miles a day, and when at home keeps busy in his 24-acre garden (his favourite plant is the peony, in case you’re wondering). ‘Macbeth has returned from fighting wars and he’s damaged from that, while Lady Macbeth has been through a tragedy of her own — the loss of a child,’ the film-maker told me when I visited him on set. His clear-eyed vision unlocked something about Shakespeare’s play that I had never understood — in spite of watching 20 or more productions of it over the years.

Fassbender told me that his Thane of Cawdor has ‘battle fatigue’. ‘It was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with bare hands and driving a blade through bodies,’ he said. ‘He returns, after being away fighting, and sees that his relationship with his wife has broken down. They lost a child and there wasn’t time for them to grieve.’ Diane Kruger is the latest actress to get hooked, professionally speaking, by Belgium’s Matthias Schoenaerts, who seems to be top of the list of desirable leading men. What’s even more masterful about his work here is how he masterfully builds Mick and Fred’s emotional journeys without it coming across as manipulative or predictable. There are many moments of true surprise in “Youth” and that’s not what many would expect in a movie about two eighty-something men in deep reflection. Caine has no interest of giving Fred a pity party and that makes his reaction to a key dramatic moment towards the end of the film strikingly poignant.

Rachel Weisz, who hasn’t appeared on screen since 2013, has had something of a mini-comeback this festival with her performance here and in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster.” She’s particularly strong during a scene where Lena gives her father a reading he’s probably deserved for decades. Ludovica Ferrario’s production design accentuates the movie’s iconic locale while giving the film its own style and Luca Bigazzi’s cinematography is so beautiful you wonder why he hasn’t been plucked by more English-speaking filmmakers.

Noted composer David Lang makes his feature film debut with “Youth” and finds a nice balance alongside the other music elements Sorrentino has weaved into the picture. “Youth” has some significant points on frustration of fame, ageism and our natural inclination to lose perspective, but it’s primarily about finding peace and happiness in your life. It may even sound cliché, but somehow Sorrentino is able to fashion the film’s diverse elements into an emotional narrative that makes it all feel fresh and new.

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