Male Gaze: Michael Caine’s Vintage Smolder

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Today, Sir Michael Caine has become a literal octogenarian. The snowy-haired, immensely talented British actor most recently made moviegoers shed a collective ocean of tears when, as Alfred, he performed a heart-shattering sob in The Dark Knight Rises. But before he molded into the wise but humorous grandfatherly figure he plays in his more recent films, he was once a young, spry hearthrob of an actor with chiseled looks, a strong Cockney accent, and a smoldering gaze who often played womanizers, thieves, and spies. And! Here's a quick birthday surprise: His real name is Maurice.