Actor Sir Michael Caine legally changes name due to ISIS threat
Michael Caine is now legally known as Michael Caine.
The 83-year-old British actor made the change due to the increased security in airports across the world prompted by the rise of the Islamic State, The Sun reports.
“I changed my name when all the stuff started with ISIS and all that,” Caine said, according to The Sun. “An airport security guard would say, ‘Hi, Michael Caine,’ and suddenly I’d give him a passport with a different name on it. I could stand there for an hour. So I changed my name.”
Caine, born Maurice Micklewhite, has been using the name “Michael Caine” since 1954. He began his career under the handle “Michael Scott,” but was forced to change after moving to London, where another Michael Scott was already active.
Seeing a poster for the Humphrey Bogart film “The Caine Mutiny,” he says, gave him the idea for the name he’s been using for the last 62 years.
“I was in a telephone booth in Leicester Square and I was opposite the Odeon and I looked up, and my favourite actor is Humphrey Bogart, and there it was, it said The Caine Mutiny, so I said, ‘Caine! Michael Caine!’”