Movie legend Michael Caine was spotted in London four months after major spinal surgery.
The two-time Oscar winner, 89, used a walker to maneuver himself through the British capital while running errands with his wife Shakira, 75, on Wednesday.
Caine held onto his mobility device as he rumbled down the sidewalk, staying close to his 49-year-old wife.
The longtime couple were accompanied by a minder, who was later seen helping the Italian Job star into a waiting vehicle.
Caine wore a beanie and a black anorak while he walked, seemingly unaware by passers-by that they were walking past a two-time Oscar-winning icon.
The outing comes after Shakira told reporters in March that her husband was recovering from major back surgery to treat spinal stenosis – a condition caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal that led to back and neck pain. He is believed to have undergone the procedure at a private hospital in London.
“He recently had back surgery,” Shakira told the Daily Mail on March 1. “He’s recovering. He’s a strong man. He’s actually a lion.”
She added: “The surgery was fantastic. He’ll be up and dancing again soon.”
Caine previously spoke about his back problems in comments last October, sparking speculation that he was retiring.
Speaking of his role alongside Aubrey Plaza in the comedy ‘Best Seller’, the star told the BBC podcast ‘Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review’: “Funnily enough, it turned out to be my last part. Because I haven’t worked for two years and I have a spinal problem that affects my legs so I can’t walk very well.”
“The Dark Knight” star Caine later went to twitter, He denied that his comments meant he left the film business.
“I haven’t retired and not a lot of people know that,” he tweeted Oct. 16.
“As for my retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6 a.m. to shoot movies, and I can’t get rid of my alarm clock!” he later told Variety.
The outlet also reported that Caine was “reviewing two scripts as potential future projects.”
The star also advised people to keep working into old age, saying: “If I retired at 65 I would never have won an Oscar [for ‘Cider House Rules’]I would never have taken a picture with Jack Nicholson and would not have done any of that [Batman] Movies with Christopher Nolan.”
Caine has used both a cane and a walking frame since breaking his ankle in early 2018.
After the accident, the star made international headlines after Beatles icon Paul McCartney was seen being pushed around in a wheelchair.
However, the plucky star was soon back at work, appearing on the set of Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet. In the following years he also starred in the crime thriller “Twist” and in last year’s “Bestseller”.
Caine currently lives in London with Shakira, close to her adult daughter Natasha, 48.
The actor also has another daughter, 66-year-old Dominique Caine, from his first marriage to actress Patricia Haines.
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