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Iconic Actor Michael Caine, 88, Was Branded as ‘Psychopath’ as He Spent 8 Years Trying Not to Blink

Joe Akins
Aug 28, 2021
04:00 P.M.
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Michael Caine can justifiably lay claim to being one of the best actors of all time as he was known for his exceptional acting skills, which sometimes made him appear strange before his colleagues.


Michael Caine is undoubtedly one of the big names from Hollywood’s golden era. The 88-year-old movie maestro has an impeccable legacy in Hollywood that has lasted many decades.

Most movie lovers would recognize Caine for his successful roles in movies like “King of Thieves,” “ Harry Brown,” and “Zulu.” When playing roles, Caine sometimes goes overboard to ensure he achieves perfection, and one time, he was labeled a psychopath for being extreme.

Actor Michael Caine visits SiriusXM Studios to promote his new movie "Going in Style" on March 29, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


It was reported that Caine spent 8 years trying not to blink on the screen to keep his audience mesmerized. The movie icon revealed that he picked up the tip from a book and decided to try it out.

After reading the book, the Hollywood veteran noted that he walked around for 8 years trying not to close his eyelids. At the time, close friends and relatives thought the 88-year-old was out of his mind.

Michael Caine on May 25, 1988 in London, United Kingdom | Photo: Getty Images


People thought Caine was a psychopath as his new habit frightened those who came across him. He soon gained a reputation in movies as the actor who never blinked during a shoot.

His habit soon paid off as he starred in hit movies such as “The Dark Knight,” “Get Carter,” “Alfie,” and “The Italian Job.” Also, the awards started trooping in as he clinched the Oscars in 1987 and 2000.

After his marriage to Shakira, the couple welcomed their only child, Natasha, in 1973.


While Caine enjoys the spotlight of his career, the most charming part of his life appears to be his relationship with his wife and kids. The 88-year-old is known for his devotion to his family and is widely considered as a hands-on dad.

Alongside his long-term career, Caine also enjoys a lasting relationship with his wife, Guyanese actress, and model Shakira Caine who he married in 1973 while he was becoming a household name.


After seeing Shakira’s advert, Caine was lovestruck and was bent on doing all it took to meet her. According to reports, he considered her the most beautiful woman he had seen.

A mutual friend in the advertising business connected both stars, and after a series of meetings, the duo realized they had something sweet going on and tied the knot not too long after.

Michael Caine and Shakira Caine on April 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom | Photo: Getty Images


Caine has two daughters; his eldest, Dominique was born in 1954 from his marriage to his then-wife Patricia Haines. After his marriage to Shakira, the couple welcomed their only child, Natasha, in 1973.

The "Dark Knight" star believes he is the best dad in the world, a statement his girls would quickly agree with. Caine often attributes the success of his career to his love and devotion to his family.

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