How Christopher Nolan asked Michael Caine to play Batman's butler

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Dec 16, 2012

Christopher Nolan has a reputation for many things as a director. His films are defined by complex plotting, visual artistry and, of course, extreme secrecy. He's so secretive that when he first approached Michael Caine to play Alfred in Batman Begins, he wouldn't even leave the legendary actor alone with a copy of the script.

"On Batman you get shot if you speak about it," Caine said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror. "When you do one of the films it's like signing the Official Secrets Act."

The secrecy surrounding the Batman franchise is understandable these days. The Dark Knight Rises is set to be one of the top-grossing films of all time, just like its predecessor, and Nolan is doing his best to keep nearly the entire story under wraps until the July release. But according to Caine, he was just as secretive in the early stages of Batman Begins.

"The first time he came to me for Batman, he came to my house in the country on a Sunday morning," Caine said. "I opened the door and he was standing there with a script. He said, 'Do you want to play the butler?' He stayed while I read it and took the script away. He wouldn't trust me with it!"

Michael Caine is one of the most respected actors alive, but even he isn't immune to Christopher Nolan's paranoia about story leaks. Still, Caine seems to think it was worth it, and he's calling Dark Knight Rises "the best ever."

(The Mirror via Contact Music)

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