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Michael Caine: 'I'll never retire'

By Emily Beamont

Sir Michael Caine says he will "never" retire - as long as people keep offering him roles.

The 82-year-old actor, who plays a retired composer relaxing in a luxury Swiss spa in his latest film Youth, said he was not tempted by that life.

Speaking at the premiere in London's Leicester Square, he said: "Never. No, if I retired I'd retire in England. But I wouldn't retire anywhere.

"But what happens is, you don't retire from movies. Movies retire you. You suddenly don't get any scripts, or there's no money and they can't afford you: then you stop."

Caine plays composer Fred Ballinger in the film by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. Sent to a spa for his health with best friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), he is resisting attempts to revive his greatest works, while filmmaker Mick is desperate to make his comeback, featuring former muse Brenda (Jane Fonda).

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