Thursday, December 11, 2003
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Accepting The Role
This is from chud.com
CHUD caught up with Oscar-winner Michael Caine while he was promoting his new film, The Statement, and asked him about his
role as Alfred the butler in the next Batman.
"Batman is being made in England, but it's also being made quite differently," Caine said.
"I had a long conversation with Christopher Nolan before I accepted the part. He explained to me what he was going to do and
what his outlook on Batman was and why he wanted me in it. The short answer was, he wants it to be more natural. He regards
- as I did anyway quite coincidentally - I find a lot of these comic book heroes boring because they are invincible. If
you're bulletproof, where's the jeopardy for the hero? You can't gas him, you can't kill him, what's the point? And he is
making a very, very natural Batman."
This is from scifi.com
"We start when Batman is a baby, so I'm more like a father," the Oscar-winner told Sci Fi Wire. "I'm a father who knows how
to lay a table with the knives and forks in the right places." [Nolan] said, "We're going to
have a human hero in Batman," Caine added. "He's powerful because he does pushups. Where does he get all his weapons? Because
he's a multibillionaire, and he's in the arms business, so he gets the secret weapons instantly. Why does he wear the bloody
suit? To scare the crap out of people, because he doesn't really want to fight.'"
Preparing For The Role
This is from about.com
About: How are you preparing for Batman?
Caine: Well, I've had butlers for 30 years. He's going to be based on my butlers. Butlers always
feel superior to you, the employer. They look down on you because they know more about everything
than you do. They're older than you, and in my case, I'm Batman's guardian and I actually am with him.