John Wayne’s quirky advice left an impression on Michael Caine

Caine rose to stardom as the title character in Lewis Gilbert’s “Alfie” in 1966. It was around that time that the actor, in Los Angeles, was shooting Ronald Neame’s blockbuster “Gambit.” , found herself frequently kicking around the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel for a bit of celebrity spotting. One day, John Wayne passed by and spotted Caine. He saw “Alfie” and told the young Brit “It’s good, son.” A friendship ensued, leading to American movie icon gave his new friend from across the pond a strangely specific piece of advice:

“He said, ‘Never wear suede shoes.’ I asked why and he said, ‘Because you’re going to pee in the men’s room and there’s going to be a guy next to you, and suddenly he’ll recognize you and he’ll turn around and go’. Michael Caine! ‘ And he’ll pee on your shoes! ‘ I never wear suede shoes again.”

One wonders if rock pioneer Carl Perkins intended a slightly different lyric for his classic “Blue Suede Shoes”. Much of this, however, suggests that John Wayne had considerable experience urinating in the men’s room. If so, he probably recounted these experiences to his friend Michael Caine. If he does, I can guarantee you one thing: Caine won’t keep it to himself. John Wayne’s quirky advice left an impression on Michael Caine

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