Sir Michael Caine’s support for Brexit, punctuated by remarks made to Sky News yesterday, has been met with anger.
The actor was targeted on Twitter after he said that he’d rather be a ‘poor master than a rich servant’.
“It wasn’t about the racism, immigrants or anything – it was about freedom,” he added.
“Politics is always chaotic. In politics, you’re always going into areas you’ve never been before, so you’re going to get lost and then you’re going to find your way, and then it’ll be all right.”
Though Caine has made his views on leaving the EU known in the past, it didn’t stop many from lambasting him, particularly following the prime minister’s decision to trigger Article 50 last week.
Many also delighted in likening Brexit to driving a bus off a cliff, as seen in one of Caine’s most memorable movie roles…
It's no surprise Michael Caine is pro-Brexit as he's already associated with a bus that takes everyone to the edge of a precipice. pic.twitter.com/tOk43AvEnY
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) April 6, 2017
Sir Michael Caine: "Brexit was about freedom."
Brexit is recreating the final scene from The Italian Job. A dodgy bus and a cliff edge. pic.twitter.com/J4pd0bcDwJ
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) April 6, 2017
Michael Caine says Brexit about "freedom"
Excellent. I've a bag full of ahem "freedom" here. I'll trade it for your economy & kids' future
— mike galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) April 6, 2017
Michael Caine "I'd rather be a poor master than a rich servant"
Says the multi millionaire who threatened to move to US cause of tax
— Jason Ashford (@jasonashford89) April 6, 2017
Well if multi-millionaire Michael Caine is confident he can absorb the shock of Brexit, I guess there's no need for the rest of us to worry.
— Kevin (@rascalblog) April 6, 2017
Is Michael Caine MBE going to be effected by the effects of Brexit? No, he'll either leave or stay as he's wealthy and can live comfortably
— Huxley48ers (@Huxley48ers) April 7, 2017
However, his comments were also seized upon by Leave voters, who tweeted in support:
— Veterans for Britain (@VeteransBritain) April 6, 2017
@themichaelcaine top man michael,,we are a great country and we want freedom
— truthfinder (@bestofbritish2) April 7, 2017
happening again. The remoaners are turning on Sir Michael Caine this time. He should know he's not allowed an opinion that challenges theirs
— The Count of Durham (@theNostromo) April 6, 2017
I think Michael Caine has more than earned his opinions on Brexit. He lived through WW2, fought in Korea and went on to win two Oscars. ????????
— Dave Philbrick (@DavePhilbrick) April 6, 2017
— Mike Robinson (@mikerobinson951) April 7, 2017
Caine told Radio 4’s Today Programme last year: “I sort of feel certain we should come out.
“You’ve now got in Europe a sort of government by proxy of everybody who has now got carried away and I think unless there’s some extremely significant changes we should get out.
“You cannot be dictated to by thousands of faceless civil servants who make these rules and you sort of, ‘oh hang on a minute is that right’ and they argue about financially but, we buy more than them than we sell to them.”