Michael Caine has launched a savage attack on education and planning bosses in the U.K. for turning working class housing estates into no-go areas.
The veteran British actor insists officials are to blame for the country's spiralling crime epidemic because many underprivileged children were "left to rot" and "grew into animals".
And he is adamant the streets of London were safer in the 1950s and '60s - because criminals were "honest gangsters" who "didn't assault small boys or old ladies".
The Get Carter star recently filmed upcoming movie Harry Brown on the Heygate housing estate in south London, and he was shocked at how working class communities have crumbled.
He tells London's Evening Standard, "The film is about sink estates and the violence on them. This is a dark portrait but unfortunately it's very true and we're all responsible for it. We left the children to rot. We left these children and they grew into animals."
And Caine also realised that his own impoverished upbringing was luxury compared to some parts of modern London.
He adds: "I come from this. I'm on these estates with these guys and they're talking to me like I'm one of them and I think, 'There but for the grace of God go I.'
"The families have let the children down, the educators have let the children down. We've put them in rotten places like the Heygate estate... which fortunately is being pulled down. It should never have been built."