Michael Caine spent 8 years trying not to blink

The method performance thing is a most peculiar thing. In theory it is based on empathizing as much as possible with the character to be interpreted, to represent them in the most personal and authentic way. A level of commitment that, for example, gave Daniel Day-Lewis pneumonia in ‘Gangs of New York’ for not wanting to wear a modern coat on set, pushed (allegedly) Jared Leto to send dead rats to his co-stars in ‘Suicide Squad’ and took Min-sik Choi, a Buddhist and vegan, to eat a live octopus in ‘Oldboy’. But the Michael Caine thing is something else.

As the actor has relieved Mirror, he spent eight years trying not to blink because he had read in a book that would make his performances more fascinating on screen: “One thing that stuck in my mind was” Don’t blink, you should never blink. ” For the next eight years I was trying not to blink. The people around me, my mother and everyone, thought I had gone crazy. “. The book in question is titled ‘Teach Yourself Acting’ and it seems that, according to Caine added, applying these tips to everyday life was not such a good idea: “They thought he was a psychopath. He used to scare people.”

A great mote

Caine, who has taken more than 130 films in his career, admitted that, although he has blinked again in real life, he never does so while recording a scene, decision that has earned him the nickname of “Snake Eyes”: “If you don’t blink you know you can keep the audience mesmerized. It’s not so much about not blinking, but about being still. Stillness has an economy and a power about it.” This same technique was used by Anthony Hopkins in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.

Mirror interviewed Caine on the occasion of the award that the Czech film festival gives him this year, a recognition of a whole career that includes titles such as’ Hannah and her sisters’, ‘Alfie’, ‘The impassive American’, ‘Origin’, ‘ The rules of the cider house ‘, the trilogy of’ The Dark Knight ‘and more recently’ Once upon a time ‘,’ King of thieves’ or ‘Tenet’.