Blowing the bloody doors off : and other lessons in life

by Caine, Michael,

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Summary
Now in his 85th year, Hollywood legend Michael Caine shares wisdom and stories from his remarkable career in this "engrossing" memoir that "shines with positive energy" ( Library Journal , starred review).

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie , Zulu , and The Italian Job (the inspiration for the book title) to playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale's Batman in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy. Caine has excelled in every kind of role--with a skill that's made it look easy.

Caine knows what success takes. He's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." Still working and more beloved than ever, Caine now shares everything he's learned-and "his fans will be rewarded, as will anyone seeking an enjoyable, inspirational read" ( Library Journal ).
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "He may have played a dirty rotten scoundrel in the 1988 movie of the same name, but in real life actor Michael Caine is a dedicated, respectful star whose personal and professional attitudes and actions rise far above anything as nefarious as his film role might suggest. Despite a recognizable Cockney accent signaling his roots as an impoverished youth from a rough-and-tumble London neighborhood, Caine attributes his unlikely pursuit of an acting career to a deep desire to avoid following in his working-class father's footsteps. Blessed with iconic hits and plagued with ironic misses, Caine made career choices that each came with its own teachable moment. Now in his 85th year, with more than 100 films and two Academy Awards to his credit, Caine reflects on an exceptional life on and off stage and shares pertinent advice and poignant observations in a dishy and anecdotal rumination. Caine's pithy but passionate counsel can be applied to nearly any situation. Gracious, generous, and humble, this consummate professional is a generous advocate for creating a fulfilling and contented life.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Oscar-winning British actor Caine (What's It All About?) mines his long career for entertaining anecdotes and life lessons in this genial memoir, taking readers from his childhood in a London slum to his years as a struggling unknown-one studio canceled his contract because an executive thought he looked gay-to major roles in hits such as Alfie, Sleuth, and Batman Begins. Much of the book is blithe showbiz picaresque, stocked with A-listers including John Wayne and BeyoncAc and full of filmmaking pratfalls. ("The bees were shitting on us," he writes of a scene in The Swarm, which he cheerfully allows may be "the worst movie ever made.") From these vignettes, Caine distills advice on topics including acting mechanics ("Stand straight and you look younger; round your shoulders for instant aging") and success strategies ("You are always auditioning"), and delivers generic pep talks ("Any time you learn from a failure, it's a success"). His pensAces gain resonance from deeply felt passages on the grueling rejection and insecurity of an actor's life, the sting of being typecast as an "ignorant cockney bastard," and the immersion in craft and preparation that overcome obstacles. Caine's writing-funny, warm, down-to-earth-will captivate fans and casual readers alike. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Caine, Michael.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Large type books.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York, NY :2018.
Edition Large print edition, First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description xiii, 352 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780316451871
0316451878
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