Michael Caine hits out at claim Zulu provides inspiration for possible terrorists

Actor called it ‘biggest load of bulls***’

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 09 March 2023 10:22 GMT
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Michael Caine has lashed out at the claim one of his films might inspire possible terrorists.

The actor questioned the 1964 film Zulu’s recent labelling as a “key text” for “white nationalists and supremacists”.

Zulu depicts the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, which occurred during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.

According to William Shawcross’ research into the counter-terrorisim programme Prevent, the film could provide inspiration for members of the far-right.

Alongside Zulu, war film The Dam Busters was also named by Shawcross as well as political sitcoms Yes Minister and The Thick of It. The complete works of William Shakespeare were flagged, too.

Caine, who turns 90 on Tuesday (14 March), condemned Zulu’s placement to The Spectator, calling it the “biggest load of bulls***”.

The actor said in the new interview he has no career regrets, stating: “There are no films I wish I hadn’t made. I got paid for all of them.”

Caine also explained why he decided to enter the acting profession, stating: “I became an actor because I wanted to kiss a girl, and I got to kiss all of them, so I thought it a good profession.”

The actor has been married for 50 years.

Michael Caine in ‘Zulu’
Michael Caine in ‘Zulu’ (Diamond Films/Kobal/Shutterstock)

Shawcross research found that Prevent, a programme aiming to prevent people from becoming terrorists, was failing to address extreme antisemitism in extreme right-wing ideology.

He said he was “disturbed by the prevalence” of antisemitism, and said that peole associated with Ptevent were failing to tackle it as a threat.

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