Michael Caine says his father thought he was gay when he told him that he wants to be an actor. The 80-year-old actor, who won supporting actor Oscar in 1986 for Hannah and Her Sisters and later in 1999 for The Cider House Rules, also admitted that he was very shy as a kid and avoided talking to anyone.
Talking to the Contact Music, Michael Caine said, "My dad was a Billingsgate fish market porter. When I told him that I was going to be an actor, he never said a word but I saw his face and thought, he thinks I'm gay. The theatre in those days was very gay. But I wasn't. I was the shyest child. If strangers came into the house, I'd hide behind the curtains and wouldn't come out until they'd gone."
The Inception star has since gained a tremendous amount of self-belief and credits his upbringing for helping him turn into the successful actor he is today. "My three great achievements with which I had absolutely nothing to do are that I was born an Englishman, a Londoner and a Cockney," the Contactmusic.com quotes Michael Caine as saying.
Michael Caine is currently busy shooting for his upcoming movie Mr Morgan's Last Love, which is an adaptation of Francoise Dorner's French novel La Douceur Assassine directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. Meanwhile, he is also waiting to know the viewers' response for his latest film Now You See Me, which is slated to release on May 31. (IANS)