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Michael Caine still supports Brexit but is “disappointed” in Boris Johnson

"Empty shelves. People queueing for petrol. And you think: ‘Wait a minute. He’s gone to Marbella?'"

By Hollie Geraghty

Michael Caine and Boris Johnson
Michael Caine and Boris Johnson (Picture: YouTube/Instagram)

Michael Caine has spoken about his political views in a new interview, claiming he is “disappointed” in Boris Johnson but stands behind his Brexit vote.

In an interview with The Guardian, the British film icon said he still fully supports Brexit despite supply chain issues and a fuel crisis that is likely to worsen this winter.

“Oh, that’s teething trouble,” the Oscar-winner said. “It’s obviously not going to go well immediately.”

Caine, a long-time supporter of the Conservative Party, added: “I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve got to wait for Boris to come back off holiday. I mean, to do that, to go on holiday right now, it’s unbelievable. Empty shelves. People queueing for petrol. And you think: ‘Wait a minute. He’s gone to Marbella?’”

Caine also said he previously “supported him” and “thought he was great”, adding: “But now I’m very disappointed in him. He made a big mistake there, going to Marbella.”

Rumours recently circulated that Michael Caine was retiring from acting, after an appearance on the BBC radio program ‘Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review’ published on Friday (October 15). Speaking about his new role in ‘Best Sellers’ he said: “Funnily enough, it has turned out to be my last part, really.

“Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem which affects my leg, so I can’t walk very well.”

He added: “And I also wrote a book, a couple of books, which were published and successful. So, I’m now not an actor; I’m a writer. Which is lovely because as an actor, you have to get up at half past six in the morning and go to the studio. As a writer, you can start writing without leaving the bed!”

He also said that he thought ‘Best Sellers’ would be his last film, because he hadn’t received any offers for two years, believing to be partly due to the fact he is now 88-years-old.

However, Caine confirmed in a statement to Variety that he has no plans to retire just yet. “Regarding retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6 a.m. to make movies, and I’m not getting rid of my alarm clock!” he said.

He also Tweeted to set the record straight: “I haven’t retired and not a lot of people know that.”

Variety also added that sources close to the actor said he is currently reviewing two scripts for upcoming projects.