Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda Talk Retirement & Staying Young at ‘Youth’ Premiere

Youth Premiere Michael Caine Harvey Keitel
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Michael Caine confessed to Variety that he has already retired from his illustrious acting career, but fear not. The actor also revealed that he has a hard time saying ‘no’ to really good movie roles.

“I’ve mentally retired, but I keep getting these scripts that I can’t refuse,” said Caine at the Los Angeles premiere of “Youth” Tuesday at the Directors Guild Theater.

He continued, “Now, I don’t have a job. I don’t have a script or anything and it would take something incredible to get me out of bed in the morning.”

Caine described Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” as something incredible that got him out of his flat. The actor joined co-stars Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano.

The feature follows a recently retired music composer on vacation with his daughter and good friend that is a working filmmaker. Variety‘s Jay Weissberg described the film as “an emotionally rich contemplation of life’s wisdom gained, lost and remembered.”

Keitel also expressed to Variety that his work keeps him young and out of retirement.

“(I) don’t have a lazy mind,” said the big screen veteran. “The mind doesn’t grow old, the mind wants to know and seek more.”

Fonda echoed her co-star when she said that youthfulness is all about attitude.

“By my 20’s and 30’s I was really old; I’m so young now spiritually in my soul,” she said. “I’ve managed to fight cynicism and stay open and curious so now I feel kind of like a novice.”

The premiere concluded with a musical performance from composer David Lang and soprano vocalist Sumi Jo. The screening was followed by a reception in the lobby of the Director’s Guild Theater, where guests enjoyed dinner and dessert buffets and a list of Hennessy cocktails.

Fox Searchlight bows “Youth” Dec. 4.

(Pictured: Michael Caine, Sumi Jo, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano, Madalina Diana Ghenea at the L.A. premiere of “Youth”)

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  1. deborah says:

    Harvey, I am so sorry for your sense of loss on your long time friend jose Ferrier.
    He rests in peace. Please extend my condolences to George.

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