Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

by Michael Caine


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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316451185
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 237,290
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sir Michael Caine CBE has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules. He has starred in over one hundred films, becoming well-known for several critically acclaimed performances including his first major film role in Zulu in 1964, followed by films including The Ipcress File, Get Carter, Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Educating Rita, and more recently The Dark Knight, Is Anybody There?, and Harry Brown. He was appointed a CBE in 1992 and knighted in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to cinema.

Married for more than thirty years, with two daughters and three grandchildren, he and his wife Shakira live in London and Surrey.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Starting Out

1 It Doesn't Matter Where You Start 3

2 Auditioning for Life 23

3 Using the Difficulty 41

4 Doing the Right Things 55

Part 2 Making the Cut

5 Getting There Is Just the Start 77

6 The Rehearsal Is the Work 89

7 Less Is More 105

8 Having Serious Fun 119

9 Taking Direction 133

10 The Big Picture 149

Part 3 The Long Run

11 Being a Star (or Why I Never Wear Suede Shoes) 165

12 Rise and Fall 185

13 Being Decent 205

14 Don't Look Back (with a Few Exceptions) 223

15 Getting Old and Staying Young 237

16 A Life in Balance 253

Epilogue 269

Acknowledgements 272

Image Credits 274

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