The Real Reason Michael Caine Started Acting

Before you went into the army did you want to be an actor? When did you find out who you are and what you wanted to do?

The way I found myself was, I was playing basketball with all these guys and on the way down from the gym every evening, I would look through this door with windows in it and in there was the amateur dramatic class. Every time I came down there I thought to myself, “All the prettiest girls in the club are in there and I’m upstairs with a load of guys?” (Laughs) That was the moment I decided to join the drama class. All the guys thought that I was gay because I was the only guy in there. But there I was with all the prettiest girls. I got to do all the love scenes with them and got to kiss them because I was the only boy. That was great because I was trying to get laid but I was only fourteen and that way I at least got to kiss them. So that changed my life. It was women, really.

American actress Anjanette Comer snuggles up to English actor Michael Caine in Berlin during the filming of 'Funeral in Berlin', circa 1966. Comer was originally chosen for the part of Samantha Steel, but was replaced by Eva Renzi due to illness. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American actress Anjanette Comer snuggles up to English actor Michael Caine in Berlin during the filming of ‘Funeral in Berlin’, circa 1966. Comer was originally chosen for the part of Samantha Steel, but was replaced by Eva Renzi due to illness. (Photo by Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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