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Michael Caine IS Harry Brown
An elderly vigilante loose in London

06 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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God bless Sir Michael Caine. Most men his age – he’s a ripe old 75 – would be enjoying their retirement, perhaps relaxing on a yacht, applying suntan lotion to a boatload of ballerinas.

Not Sir Michael. Oh, no. He’s still kicking ass and taking names, movie-style, and to prove it he’s just signed on to star in a British vigilante movie. The name? Harry Brown. Caine’s character’s name? Harry Brown.

The film, which also stars Emily Mortimer, will see Caine play an elderly ex-serviceman who lives in, frankly, a right shithole, filled with nasty and lawless types who want more than a clip round the ear’ole. They want shooting. Or a good slap. And who better to shoot or slap ’em than the man who was Jack Carter? The man who was Harry Palmer? The man who was Nigel Powers?

That’s precisely the point, according to the film’s producer, Kris Thykier, who will oversee the film for Marv Films, along with Matthew Vaughn, who calls the film an “exciting and contemporary take on the iconic characters… that originally brought him [Caine] to fame.”

Sounds cool. Now, vigilante movies do have a tendency to rub some people up the wrong way, but since Get Carter was essentially a vigilante movie, we’re more than happy to see Sir Michael dishing out a good hiding to thugs again, with the plot calling for him to take action after his best friend is murdered.

And if you have fears that he’s a bit too old for this type of thing and might spend the movie doddering around like Charlie Bronson in Death Wish V: The Face Of Death, we’re sure those fears will prove unfounded.

Let’s just hope that our other fear proves unfounded and that this turns out better than the last British vigilante movie – Nick Love’s Outlaw.

The Lionsgate movie, which is written by Gary Young, goes before the cameras in November, with Daniel Barber at the helm.

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Your Comments

Cooooooooool!
Caine is so hard that he doesn't need a Batmobile to kick ass. He can do it with a shotgun and a bottle of whiskey. And all without ever having breakfast! Old school is the new school, if you will. More

Posted by Nicky C at 14:07 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Praise the lord and pass the salt! More

Posted by RK6318 at 21:44 on 07 September 2008 | Report This Post

NICE
This sounds like a great role for Caine, he gets to deliver the ass kickings now as oppose to hearing about them like in Batman. More

Posted by H is the greatest at 20:06 on 07 September 2008 | Report This Post

Well
This could be very very cool. Fingers crossed. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 11:47 on 07 September 2008 | Report This Post

Hmmm
Caine is always brilliant on screen but the mentioned 'Outlaw' already sours the excitement of this. Hopefully it won't be too much of a crappy, badly thought, Daily Mail/Sun riposte to 'yoof' culture. More

Posted by thechair at 18:10 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

Someone's just had a great idea
nice one. he is one of the greats and he's got enough wit and menace to pull this off. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 16:49 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

this is about the best idea for a film I've ever heard- as we've seen from Batman Begins the man can still wield a cricket bat with aplomb.. More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime at 16:25 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

I didn't used to be a fan of Caine, but after time i've warmed to him and realised he is a fantastic actor and person. I'm sure this will be an iconic character and a great film. Also, I heard him talk about his other new film Is there anybody there? on Parkinson's last show which sounds really lovely. More

Posted by Roll at 15:11 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

Alfred the Butler IS Batman! Sort of.
so... lfred dons the Batmask eh? Well... so to speak. Kind of poetic in a way; and fitting that the similarities to his Alfred are so close. Elderly ex-serviceman with vigilante type ideals. only difference here is that he's the one dispensing the ass-kickings. More

Posted by Adrian at 13:29 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

This should be pretty cool. I love Caine in the 'kicking ass and taking names' roles, so him doing it at his age could be interesting. Might watch out for this one More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 13:07 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

Hmmm.... if done right this could be another Dead Man's Shoes. More

Posted by granny at 12:59 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

This sounds fantastic. If they keep it kind of rustic and home-grown, y'know? More

Posted by wooz at 10:28 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

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