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Michael Caine Was In 'Dunkirk', But You Wouldn’t Be Alone If You Missed Him

Michael Caine Was In 'Dunkirk', But You Wouldn’t Be Alone If You Missed Him

There are some directors in Hollywood who love using the same actors. Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have worked together on eight feature length films, while Quentin Tarantino has used Samuel L Jackson for six.

Christopher Nolan has used Michael Caine in six films as well, including The Dark Knight triology, Inception, The Prestige and Interstellar. But fans were a bit upset when Caine didn't feature in Nolan's new movie Dunkirk.


Check out the trailer here:

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

But it's since been revealed that the incredible director did include the 84-year-old in the World War Two movie. If you've seen the movie, you'd have to be incredibly observant to notice which scene he appeared in.

That's because you never actually see his face, as the actor's character is only heard. You can hear his voice over the speakers as actors Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden speak with their commander while they're flying.


The revelation has surprised many fans on social media.

Nolan thought the cameo would have been picked up by more people, telling NJ: "It's shocking to me that a lot of people haven't [noticed Caine] when he has really one of the most distinctive voices in cinema.

"I wanted very much to squeeze him in here. It's a bit of a nod to his character in Battle of Britain. And also, it's Michael. He has to be in all my films, after all."

Michael played a squadron leader and pilot in the 1969 film Battle of Britain, that's why Nolan gave him a similar character in Dunkirk.

This new film also stars Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and, surprisingly, Harry Styles - and recounts the story of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

The real-life mission was code-named Operation Dynamo and was an attempt to evacuate troops in Dunkirk, France, after they were surrounded by the German army. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were successfully rescued by a flotilla of merchant marine boats, fishing vessels and yachts.

Nolan bucked the traditional format of war movies, telling The Wrap: "I did not want to go through the dialogue, tell the story of my characters.

"The problem is not who they are, who they pretend to be or where they come from. The only question I was interested in was: Will they get out of it? Will they be killed by the next bomb while trying to join the mole? Or will they be crushed by a boat while crossing?"

It's performed well at the box office since premiering on July 13, taking in more than $107 million (£82 million) worldwide so far.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Warner Bros. Pictures

Topics: Christopher Nolan

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.


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