Sir Michael Caine is to host a new podcast series on gangs
The legendary actor will tell the stories behind infamous real-life gangs from across the globe in the Audible Original series 'Michael Caine: Gangs', including the Kray twins, Jesse James, and the Mafia in Sicily
4 July 2021
Throughout the six-part series, Michael will seek to reveal the hidden realities behind the myths that surround famous gangsters and discover if and how a gang can truly be 'successful', with other episodes looking at 'The Black Widow' Griselda Blanco, John Gotti and former gang member Tracey Miller.
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The 'Get Carter' star said: "There is an undeniable public interest with gangs, which has had people transfixed for decades, influencing films, books and culture.
"In this new podcast series, I uncover the remarkable real-life stories from gangs across the globe, including my personal experience in 1960s London.
"Throughout Gangs, we determine whether the truth is stranger than fiction with these famous cases in history, as well as the present day realities of gang life."
Michael will begin the series by looking at the Krays and he recalled how he tried to avoid them back in the 1960s.
The 88-year-old star said: "I met the (Kray twins) in a discotheque. They came in there and everyone went quiet.
"I met them three or four times but I tried very hard not to become a close friend. They were very scary."
Michael also recalled how he knew many gangsters growing up in London and was put off by the violence.
The 'Italian Job' actor explained: "I knew enough gangsters. I just wanted to be a simple actor and not hit anyone or slash anyone with a razor."