Uploaded on Jul 10, 2009
As an actor, Michael Caine chose to keep his native Cockney accent to make a statement about England's class system. It was to encourage other people from working-class backgrounds to say that they could (succeed).
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TimesTalks: Michael Caine: An Accent That Broke Class Barriers