Michael Caine announces retirement from acting: 'There's not exactly scripts pouring out'

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Michael Caine is saying so long to acting, after starring in more than 130 films.

The Tenet star, 88, has revealed in a BBC Radio interview that his latest film, Best Sellers, will be his last.

The Oscar-winner cited his age, health issues, including a debilitating spine condition that makes it difficult to walk, as the main reasons for the decision.

© Getty Michael Caine pictured in his younger acting days: The screen legend has made more than 130 films during his impressive career.

Per BBC’s Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, the movie star spoke candidly about how film opportunities had started to dry up in recent years, saying “There’s not exactly scripts pouring out with a leading man at 88”.

Michael Caine’s final cinematic release Best Sellers sees the actor star alongside Aubrey Plaza, playing cranky author Harris Shaw.

“Funnily enough, it has turned out to be what is my last part, really,” he said.

“Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem, which affects my legs. So, I can’t walk very well.”

The screen legend spoke about the lack of acting roles during the last two years, largely due to the pandemic. But Caine has used the setback to switch careers.

“I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer,” he said. “Which is lovely.”

Michael Caine has led a decorated film career, which began in the 1950s with A Hill in Korea, and Blind Spot.

His 1966 film Alfie, in which Caine played the titular character, was to become one of his most iconic roles, with the film later spurring a remake starring Jude Law.

Caine has won many major acting awards during his long career, nabbing his first Academy Award in 1986 for the film Hannah and Her Sisters.

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