Liz Fielding joins us today with a Male on Monday classic: Michael Caine!
When I came to putting together pictures for my choice for my Male on Monday, it was something of a shock to realise that I’ve been following, at first hand, Michael Caine’s career since it began.
Starting with “Alfie” – the original one – and that extraordinary out-of-type casting as the upper class officer with a centuries-long family tree in Zulu, Michael Caine has graced our screens in upwards of a hundred films. Some of them were rubbish – you can’t make that many films and expect them all to be great, but he has never apologised for the duffs. Actors act, is what he says and he’s certainly done that – gaining stature with age. I’ll never forget him in “Sleuth” – again the original one, where he seemed to step up to an entirely new level of performance.
There’s always been a slightly off-beat look about him. Nothing of the classic tall, dark and handsome. He’s fair, and those pale eyelashes should be off-putting but the slumberous, sexy eyes are pure magic. And he plays off-beat heroes, too. Funny, sometimes hard, sometimes soft, always tough. I loved him in “The Italian Job”, in “Cider House Rules”, as Harry Palmer in “The Ipcress File”. Most recently I loved him as Harry Brown, the vigilante pensioner. Michael and I have grown old and pick up our bus passes together.
I don’t have any cheesecake photographs to offer you, just character but that does it for me.
Liz Fielding’s latest Harlequin Romance, MISTLETOE & THE LOST STILETTO is on sale now in the US and will be in the shops in December in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. If you can’t wait, you can buy direct from Mills & Boon now. It’s also available as an eBook download.