TDKR: Sir Michael Caine On Saying Goodbye To Alfred
In an interview with Empire, Christopher Nolan's "good luck charm" discusses working with the director on his final Batman movie, and playing Bruce Wayne's loyal butler for the last time..
In an interesting interview with Empire, Sir Michael Caine chats about working with Christopher Nolan for the last time as Alfred Pennyworth. The actor reminisces about being a part of five movies with "the greatest technicians in every field, in the entire movie industry anywhere", and shares his feelings on leaving behind a character he feels is an essential, but not massive, part in the Dark Knight trilogy. Caine remains tight lipped on any plot points, but does reveal that Alfred "gets some great moments. I have a couple in this last one, too.". Here are some excerpts..
What's new with Alfred then, in The Dark Knight Rises?
Its such a plot point that I can't tell you. We've signed agreements for silence. I think I'd go to jail if I told you. Or I'd have to kill you. But we don't want either of those things to happen!
Will you miss playing Alfred?
In a way, but in a way it's right. I mean, I've played him three times. His role in Batman is to be your reality. When you get into the fantasy, suddenly you've got the butler there saying exactly what you're thinking - "you can't do that! You can't go flying up in a bat suit in here! What are you, nuts?!" He is the foot on the ground and that's what was always important to me. And I played it that way. I remember once when Chris told me this would be the last one I said, "if they're doing another one I'm going to play the butler if it's any good and if they offer it to me." He said, "I want ten percent." I said, "No, you're not getting it!". It's that sort of relationship...
For the full interview be sure to head over to Empire by following the link below.
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