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Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in 'Youth.' (Photo: Pathé)
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in 'Youth.' (Photo: Pathé)
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in ‘Youth.’ (Photo: Pathé)

Sir Michael Caine debuted his new film Youth at the 2015 Cannes Festival this past May, and he had some choice words for a member of the press.

Don’t get us wrong, he wasn’t rude or anything, but when asked about playing an older character, Caine replied, “The only alternative to playing old people is playing dead people. I’ll pick elderly people.”

And that’s just what he did in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s (The Great Beauty) second English-speaking film. Set in the Swiss Alps, Caine portrays a man contemplating retirement. His character is an accomplished composer and the people around him know he still has a lot of life and music in him. His traveling companion (Harvey Keitel) is a screenwriter, but he’s not quite done, working on what most likely will be his final film.

Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) portrays Caine’s supportive daughter, who suggests he goes on the getaway to the Alps. She thinks the spa will be a great way for him to get in shape, but he thinks getting “fit” is sort of waste of time at his age.

You can check out the recently released trailer below:

American actors Jane Fonda (This is Where I Leave You, Monster-in-Law) and Paul Dano (Ruby Sparks, There Will Be Blood) joins the cast as Keitel’s screenwriter character’s muse.

Caine has hinted at semi-retiring, but for the time being, he’s still working with forthcoming projects like 2015’s The Last Witch Hunter, 2016’s Going in Style and Now You See Me: The Second Act, also out in 2016.

We know this is selfish of us, but we don’t ever want him to retire; at least not any time soon.

Do you have a favorite film of Caine’s? Tell us about it!

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By Brigid Brown