AceShowbiz - Sir Michael Caine advises budding actors against signing up for drama schools, insisting they'll learn more from people watching.
The 88-year-old actor is "very proud" of his working-class roots and he admits he didn't know "anything about actors," but joining an amateur dramatic society kick-started his love of performing.
"I'm very proud of being from the working class. We didn't have money when we were growing up, but we had plenty of love," the "Inception" actor told Candis magazine. "I joined an amateur dramatic society, but I never went to drama school, because, in the milieu I come from, not only did we not know anything about actors, we never even knew there was such a thing as drama school."
And while he is now well aware of their existence, Caine advises youngsters against signing up to study at drama schools because he believes budding stars can get a better education from the real world.
"The Italian Job" star said, "Kids today say to me, 'Should I go to drama school?' And I say, 'No, you'll learn more by sitting in the subway and watching people opposite you than you'll ever learn at school.' "
Michael also admitted he is "very proud" of having played a part in "destroying the snobbery of the class system".
He added, "The 60s in England was all about class. It wasn't to do with rock and roll, or drugs, or everybody screwing around."
It was when the working class in England told the rest of the country, we don't care about what class, colour, or religion anyone is.
"Just because you're Lord Ponsonby of the manor, that doesn't mean we want to come to your home - we'll have such a good time that you will want to get out of your home and come to ours.' And we made it stick, too. We destroyed the snobbery of the class system. I'm very proud of that."