Caine is contentedly unretired, balancing work and time with his family.
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Michael Caine has been looking back, and on the whole he likes the view.It's part memoir, part advice manual for aspiring actors and anyone else nursing an elusive dream of success.In print and in person, Caine describes his success as sequence of lucky breaks.That film made blond, bespectacled Caine a symbol of Swinging London, brought him American fame and earned him the first of six Academy Award nominations.Caine says his optimistic outlook is rooted in his hardscrabble early years."Once you've been on maneuvers in Korea, everything else seems like quite a lot of fun".When he returned to London and a dead-end job in a butter factory, Caine resolved to be an actor, although he had little idea how to go about it.Then came work on the London stage, television parts, movie roles and global stardom.The '60s made Caine a star, and he wasn't alone.Caine enjoyed fame, when it came, but also worked extremely hard, at one point making 12 films in four years.Caine is cheerful about the low points, films like schlocky shark sequel "Jaws: The Revenge".When leading-man parts dried up, Caine retired, briefly. The last two decades have brought some of the most rewarding parts of his career, including his six films with Nolan, whom Caine calls "a brilliant director ... the new David Lean".
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