British icon Michael Caine (Alfie, Dressed to Kill, Educating Rita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) has already won two Oscars – for the 1986 Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters and for the 1999 film The Cider House Rules based on John Irving’s novel. Both were for supporting actor roles. Now 82, Caine has the lead role in Youth, in which he plays retired conductor/composer, Fred Ballinger. Caine tells Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes that the role was his most difficult role yet.
Caine’s co-stars in Youth are Harvey Keitel, 76, and Rachel Weisz, 45. There are rumors that Caine will be nominated for best actor. If he wins, Caine will be the oldest person to win a Best Actor Oscar. “I think it would be great for the academy to recognize old age,” says Caine. 60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7:30pm on CBS.