Sir Michael Caine has been forced to change his name — to Michael Caine.
The actor, whose birth name Maurice Micklewhite was on his passport, said amped up security at airports in the age of ISIS was resulting in longer wait times over confusion about his double moniker, according to The Sun.
“I changed my name when all the stuff started with ISIS and all that,” the actor told The Sun.
The “Alfie” star described wait times of up to an hour when dealing with skeptical airport staff before he officially changed the name on his passport.
“He would say, ‘Hi Michael Caine,’ and suddenly I’d be giving him a passport with a different name on it.”
The 83-year-old started using his alias when he launched his acting career in 1954 — though he first went by Michael White.
“One evening my agent said: ‘I’ve got you a job, I’ve got you three days but you can’t call yourself Michael White, so give me another name,’” he said at a press conference in London Thursday.
“I was in a telephone booth in Leicester Square and I was opposite the Odeon and I looked up, and my favorite actor is Humphrey Bogart, and there it was, it said ‘The Caine Mutiny,’ so I said, ‘Caine! Michael Caine!’”
A rep for Caine did not immediately respond to a request for comment.