…(seeing that I was a bit late with “entering” the Marvellous Michael Caine Blogathon hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews) is what I’ll give for now (next year I’ll wake up earlier and grab one of his movies). You see, for some reason, it is not that face that comes to mind when Michael Caine is mentioned but rather that distinctive voice. Likewise now…I can hear it clearly in my mind. That timbre. That tempo. And for some reason…always a mentor type persona comes to mind (well, on the whole). Specifically two:
I tend to “hear” Michael Caine as Alfred, the wonderful butler who raised Batman in movies Batman Begins and The Last Knight (remember, I’m only talking about movies I’ve seen here). I always admire his character. The trustworthy gentleman who would never give away the man behind (or under) the mask. The man who guides Batman and gives him advice in that perfect firm but respective manner: “Drive sports cars, date movie stars, buy things that are not for sale… who knows, Master Wayne? You start pretending to have fun, you might even have a little by accident”. Always Master Wayne. Despite knowing him for an age.
And then, I think of that other poor mentor who has a really hard time…”I’m sorry, what was the question? I was distracted by the half-masticated cow rolling around in your wide-open trap” and “What, no armored car?”. Can’t you just see him? As Victor in Miss Congeniality? Poor man. He really has a challenge there. But, Michael Caine perfectly suits these kind of roles.
Over the years, I’ve seen a number of his movies, and he always does a good job…be it the sleazy Ray in Little Voice, the weird uncle in Secondhand Lions, journalist in The Quiet American or one of so many more characters that he takes on with ease. But, those mature-mentor type roles are those that stick to the forefront of my Michael Caine associations.
So, here’s wishing him a very Happy Birthday.
Oh…head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews here for all the other birthday wishes, thoughts, musings and so on…