Sir Michael Caine: I'm in competition with myself
Hollywood actor Sir Michael Caine has revealed he feels like he is in "competition" with himself
Sir Michael Caine feels he is in "competition" with himself.
The 82-year-old film star has admitted that despite becoming one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, he never harboured any huge career ambitions and doesn't worry about competing with other actors.
Asked if he ever felt under-appreciated, he said: "No, that didn't bother me at all. You have to remember, I was a reparatory actor, I was nobody for years.
"I couldn't be a star - a cockney guy from Elephant & Castle, son of a Billingsgate fishmonger. I have no sense of competition with any other actors - I love other actors and their performances. Love them. My competition is with myself."
Sir Michael suggested his superstar status has been achieved through good fortune.
He told ShortList magazine: "All I've ever done, right to this day, from my first part - I was a butler who came in and said, 'Dinner is served' - is to try to be the best possible actor I could be.
"The fact that I became a star, as I said earlier, I just thank God for that. Nothing to do with me whatsoever."