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The Elephant to Hollywood

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 December, 2010, 12:00am

The Elephant to Hollywood
by Michael Caine
Hodder & Stoughton, HK$238

Alfie cast him as a 'bird-pulling Cockney bloke', a reputation he more than lived up to, but Michael Caine has proved he's capable of much more. The Elephant to Hollywood underscores that far from being on a downhill run from the time of his first autobiography, 1992's What's It All About, Caine has continued to clinch sought-after roles in movies, including The Quiet American and Inception. The tone is jocular and self-deprecating, but also cocksure and charming. Caine goes over old territory, reminiscing about, among other things, his childhood in south London, his mother (a cleaner) and Alfie: about Jude Law, who reprised the cad's role, he says he sees much in common, describing him as a 'a bit of a jack-the-lad'. Readers will sense that Caine errs on the side of caution in his recollections but there's honesty in what he does write. About Hong Kong - one of the 'great places I never quite got to see [on his publicity tour for his first memoir]' - he writes that so spectacular was the penthouse jacuzzi that he and wife Shakira had at the Regent Hotel (now the InterContinental) that that was where they spent most of their time.


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