Even Michael Caine doesn’t know what 'Tenet' is about

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Michael Caine opposite John David Washington on his one day of filming Tenet. (Image by Warner Bros)

Michael Caine has admitted that even he doesn’t know what Christopher Nolan’s upcoming new blockbuster Tenet is about.

The 87-year-old Oscar winner will appear in yet another of the British director’s films, having previously popped up in Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, and even Dunkirk, although his role in the latter as the Fortis Leader was an uncredited voice cameo. 

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There is a huge amount of secrecy surrounding Tenet, which revolves around John David Washington and Robert Pattinson’s secret agents trying to prevent World War III by using time travel. 

But don’t expect anymore details from Caine regarding the film, as he recent told The Hindu that he doesn’t even know what the title means. 

FRANCE - NOVEMBER 08: Hugh Jackman Christopher Nolan and Michael Caine in Paris, France on November 08, 2006. (Photo by Frederic SOULOY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

“He [Nolan] is so secretive he won’t let me have the script. All I had was one day’s work and he gave me my pages. I did my part and shot only with John David. I haven’t heard anything since.”

It’s hardly a surprise that Nolan made sure Caine was involved in Tenet, even if it was in such a minor capacity. That’s because the actor admits that he has become something of a “lucky mascot” for the director.

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“All the films I have made with him have raked in over a billion dollars, so he has to have me in a film even if he has no part for me. In Dunkirk, I was only a voice-over and I got billing in the credit title.”

We’ll get to see if the duo can replicate the same success with Tenet, which also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Dimple Kapadia, when it is released on July 17, 2020.