Zulu Star Michael Caine Slams ‘Bullsh*t’ Claim Film Inspires White Supremacists

British actor Sir Michael Caine is honored with the European Actor Award during the 28th European Film Award ceremony in Berlin on December 12, 2015. InternationalIndiaAfricaJames TweedieZulu, featuring Michael Caine’s first starring role as real-life Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, has long been a staple of Sunday afternoon TV in the UK. But the film is critical of war and imperialism while lionizing the African warrior spirit.Veteran British actor Michael Caine has hit out at claims that his first hit film Zulu inspired “white supremacists.”The classic 1964 war film, which portrays the 1879 battle of Rorke’s Drift and made Caine an international star, was branded “key text” for “white nationalists/supremacists” in a review of the government’s counter-radicalisation programme Prevent.”That is the biggest load of bull*** I have ever heard,” said Caine when informed of the report in an interview.The actor, who is still working despite being about to turn 90 this month, said Zulu was the film that “made me a star,” later adding that “there are no films I wish I hadn’t made.”Zulu was filmed on location in South Africa, some 60 miles from the historical Rorke’s Drift battle site, in 1963 — two years before the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain called for a cultural embargo on the country over its Apartheid sytem which separated people by race.The film starred several well-known British actors, including Jack Hawkins, along with a brief appearance by Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi — a former member of the African National Congress, banned by the regime in 1960, and later founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party — as his great-grandfather King Cetshwayo.The film portrays the Zulu kingdom and its soldiers as noble, brave and tactically astute, as articulated by several main characters in the story. One soldier questions why he is fighting a war 6,000 miles from home, while a Boer scout expresses distrust for the British Empire’s motives. It ends with Caine, playing real-life second-in-command Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, expressing his horror at the carnage of war.Zulu Star Michael Caine Slams 'Bullsh*t' Claim Film Inspires White SupremacistsAfricaZulu King Participates in Traditional Reed-Dance Festival Despite Threats From His Brother18 September 2022, 11:18 GMTCy Endfield, the film’s director, was a US citizen who moved to the UK after he was accused of being a communist and blacklisted from working in Hollywood by the McCarthyite House Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC).Among Endfield’s many British films is 1957’s noir thriller Hell Drivers starring Stanley Baker — who later led the cast of Zulu as Lieutenant John Chard, who commanded the defence of Rorke’s Drift. The film’s villain is the greedy boss of a trucking firm, while Baker plays the working-class ex-convict who brings him down.


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