The Elephant to Hollywood
It doesn’t get any better than this and we trust readers will grant us a one-day reprieve from finding the latest in British comedy/drama/television news to focus on a just released autobiography of screen legend, Sir Michael Caine.
This recent interview only sets the table for what appears to be a great read about one of Britain’s all-time greatest from his early days in the film industry to his resurgence, thanks mainly to long-time friend, Jack Nicholson. How can it not be when it’s filled with stories about a lifetime of hanging out with the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Laurence Olivier, and so on, and so on.
In case you’re wondering, the “Elephant” in the title refers to the Elephant and Castle area of South London where Caine grew up. Fortunately, he escaped (technically, evacuated) during the war and began his long journey towards becoming one of the greatest film stars in history. All you have to do is take a quick look at his 5+ decade film career including Alfie, Sleuth, Educating Rita, Hannah and Her Sisters and a brilliant, but relatively unknown 2001 film, The Last Orders. If you haven’t seen this, it’s a must-Netflix order. After seeing even this small list of great films, you can excuse the part of the list that includes Jaws 4 and The Swarm.
The Elephant to Hollywood is set for release on October 26 in the U.S. If you can’t wait, you can get at Hatchards on Picadilly in London. If you haven’t visited this shop, it’s well worth your time, they’ve only been in business since 1787 so they should be there if you decide to go in person.