Caine joined gang for protection
Veteran actor Michael Caine has revealed the truth about his gang past - he only joined a group of teenage thugs for protection.
He recently confessed he joined a gang in his youth, before finding fame in a string of acclaimed British movies in the 1960s.
But he insists there was a good reason for it - he needed protection while growing up in a tough area of south London.
Caine says, "I was in a gang. But you don't join a gang to go out and smash the daylights out of someone, you join a gang so that no one smashes the daylights out of you. Because if you're walking around on your own, you are a target. That's why you join a gang.
"Admittedly there are criminal psychopaths out there who you can't deal with and you should lock up, but I'm on about the innocent ones."
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