“It’s a lesson in life—don’t look back, you’ll trip over.”
— Michael Caine, British actor known for his work in Ipcress File, Alfie, and the Dark Knight series.
Recently I managed to pick up a copy of Sir Michael Caine’s second autobiography: “The Elephant to Hollywood” and after devouring the book, I realised that Caine is as good of a writer as he is as an actor. Admittedly, my knowledge of the classics is very limited, but Caine had a way of telling his story without making you feel confused, instead it was easy to follow and by page 10 you’ll find yourself roped into a life filled with a series of struggles, hard work with a bit of luck sprinkled over it.
What I came to realise by the end of the book is the difference in the film industry in the older days as compared to now, the series of roadblocks Caine encountered throughout to how he found his way around them, and how he made his way from a small working-class town to Hollywood. It was definitely inspiring to read about his life. The book was funny, forthright, and full of personal encounters with various of Hollywood’s finest. If you’re a fan of Michael Caine or contemplating to be an actor, I would highly recommend giving this book a read.