Caine’s exact words on Kermode & Mayo are quoted below. While we now know that he didn’t announce his retirement, he certainly spoke poorly of himself.
“I haven’t worked for two years, I have a problem with my spine, affecting my legs, so I can’t walk very well… And I also wrote a book, a couple of books. , was published and successful. So now I’m not an actor, I’m a writer, which is lovely because as an actor you have to get up at 6:30 a.m. and go to the set. As a writer, you can start writing without getting out of bed… Obviously without any offers for two years, because nobody made any of the movies that I wanted to make, other than out, I’m 88 years old. No exact scenario is pouring out a top 88 man.”
It seems Caine is simply talking about his career slowing down, why it is, and how he has passed the time. Even so, he spoke too soon about “Best Sellers” being his final role; He recently appeared in the Czech historical epic, “The Middle Ages”.
While his health is another matter, age has not diminished Caine’s talent. Taking on his eponymous role in “Tenet” like Sir Michael Crosby. It’s a no-nonsense scene, a few minutes of sitting in a restaurant, and on paper just a junkyard display. But the dialogue is never dull because Caine is the one bringing it up. Unfortunately, unlike everyone else in Hollywood, Caine is not on the cast list for Christopher Nolan’s next film, “Oppenheimer”.
The only upcoming project on Caine’s chart is “The Great Escaper.” However, it seems that if a script excites him, he is open to work. Hollywood would be remiss if they didn’t take advantage of Caine’s talent as much as they could.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1021761/michael-caine-will-never-consider-himself-a-retired-actor/ Michael Caine would never consider himself a ‘retired’ actor