Skip to comments.Michael Caine Didn't Want to Play Batman's Butler
Posted on 03/14/2013 12:25:21 PM PDT by Kartographer
In fact, Caine didn't know at first what role Nolan was pitching when the director visited his English countryside estate well before "Batman Begins" was released in 2005. "I thought to myself, I'm a bit old for Batman. So, I said, 'Who am I going to play?' He said, 'The butler.' I immediately thought I'll be spending the entire series saying, 'Dinner is served' and 'Would you like a coffee?'"
That didn't appeal to the lauded and prolific Mr. Caine -- until he read the script. "I thought it was wonderful.
He was the foster father of young Bruce Wayne, whose parents got killed, and started to bring him up."
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Alfred Pennyworth: "Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Michael Caine’s performance as Alfred was outstanding, in particular in the “The Dark Knight Rises”.
His characterization of Alfred as not just a butler, but actually more like a foster father, made Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy the gold standard of comic-book based films.
Was he talking about Obama? Sounds like it. One of my favorite movie quotes.
says the guy who played austin powers dad - puhleeze,a typical butler role would have been ABOVE Nigel Powers
Michael Caine's performance as Alfred was adequate, but oddly enough I thought the best and most definitive Alfred on film was Michael Gough.
It's ironic that Caine is an A-list actor who has been nominated for numerous awards, and Gough is a B-actor at best that's been in mostly obscure Hammer films outside of Batman, because I felt Gough was born to play the role. The way he delivered lines like "My dear boy, sometimes its a diversion to read such rubbish. Most of the time its a waste of time" (to a newspaper boy selling a paper with a headline about "Penguin Man lives in sewer") were classic. Caine made Alfred a very stately and inspirational father figure, but I thought he was way too old to be Alfred to the child Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins (he was the same age as Keaton's Batman, which takes place MANY years later in Batman's life chronology!) and his motivational speeches to Bruce Wayne just sounded too "Hollywood" and scripted. Gough was much more down to earth, believable, and human, plus he had a quirky sense of humor that Caine's Alfred lacked.
Granted, the distinction was lost a little in the 60s TV show, that he was reduced to minor status so that the four-color characters could take center stage.
One thing I have to admire about Caine (aside from his acting, and he's not my favorite, but he's not bad): I heard in an interview that he's not wanting for roles, so he often chooses parts that will film in interesting parts of the world. A movie role and a paid vacation.
Life can be good and that would rock.
That would explain “Blame it on Rio” (Well the location and the chance to spend quite a bit of time with a 22-year old Demi Moore).
In fact, I'd rather watch Batman: The Animated Series than any of the live-action versions. I still have not seen the last Nolan film, as I did not care for The Dark Knight (liked Batman Begins, though).
For most of my life I really didn’t care much about comic book superheroes but I watched Batman and Superman TAS series when they first aired and really liked them both. Mainly for the writing and scores. I loved the later Justice League stuff too.
Ah yes, Blame it on Rio. She was very well... cast.
Demi Moore was a flat-chested embarrassing dud in “Rio.” It was Michelle Johnson who was hot.