Just saw a great / hilarious interview with Michael Caine on TCM. Great high-light was him admitting that The Quiet American was probably the last leading role that would get him out of retirement – it probably was / is his finest hour (although I’m yet to see The Cider House Rules). Interestingly he posited that ‘failed’ films should be remade on the basis that the original Quiet American was a flop, as was the original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (under another name) which starred David Niven and Marlon Brando! Hilarious moment was when he suggested that he changed his voice and character to suit the role. Michael Caine is the last person to do this, he is very talented at assuming the burden of the characters he plays, but he always has the same hair, the same voice and is essentially the same person, he is just superbly talented at sharing the agonies of his characters. Great reminiscences of John Houston and Lee Marvin too.