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Michael Caine: Cockneys rock

Sir Michael Caine has received a glowing review from his Sleuth co-star Sir Laurence Olivier.

The British actor had an impoverished childhood growing up in south London but has gone on to become a mega star.

Despite his many successes, which include two Oscars, Michael has never lost his London twang and his accent is dubbed cockney by British people. Known for his distinctive voice, the star doesn't shy away from his roots.

"I'm cockney, which is a certain type of working-class London. We are all funny - all of us. I've never met a cockney who wasn't funny. We do not have a miserable side. But we do have a ferocious side. Someone once asked, 'Do cockneys commit suicide?' I said, 'No. If they get p**sed off, they murder people,’" he laughed to the American edition of Esquire.

From butler Alfred in The Dark Knight trilogy to cocky Charlie Croker in The Italian Job, Michael has had a varied and rich career.

When he was cast alongside Sir Laurence Olivier in 1972’s Sleuth, a young Michael impressed the celebrated actor and even received praise for his performance.

"The greatest compliment I ever received came while I was working with Sir Laurence Olivier. Lord Olivier. We were making a film called Sleuth, and I did a scene with him. When it finished, he looked at me and said, 'I thought I had an assistant. I see I have a partner,’" he recalled.

With four new projects currently in production 81-year-old Michael shows no sign of slowing down. While he's never fought it out with another actor for a role, the star does admit to feeling internal competition at times.

"I have no sense of competition with other actors. I love to see great performances. The only sense of competition I have is with myself. This time, you've got to do something absolutely different from what you've ever done before. On occasions, I've succeeded. That's how I've kept my career going," he said.

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