Interview: Malcolm McDowell
It seems that the iconic Malcolm McDowell has been just about everywhere over the last few decades. His incredible career spans every genre and is a perfect representation of his talents and abilities. It doesn’t matter if you know him from A Clockwork Orange, Halloween, The Artist, or your kids don’t realize they know him from Bolt, he has impacted the film and television in such a way that will be studied and learned from for generations to come.
I had the privilege of speaking with him at Scarefest in Lexington, KY where a seemingly endless line of fans waited for their opportunity to chat with him. Here’s what he had to say.
Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to talk with us.
Oh my pleasure, that’s one of the best things about doing things like this convention is to be able to meet and talk with people.
Of course everyone has their favorite roles that you’ve taken on, but what has been your personal favorite?
My favorite role is the next one. Whatever I’m working on next has to be my favorite. That’s what drives you to keep going.
What would you say has been your most iconic role?
I suppose it would have to be Alex Delarge from A Clockwork Orange. It’s still so popular even after all these years. It’s an extremely indelible and, at the time, there was nothing else like it. There still may not be anything else like it, to be honest.
How would you describe your time working with Stanley Kubrick?
Well, how long do we have? (Laughs) He was such an extraordinary man with such an incredible intellect. He wasn’t really a people person. A lot of people didn’t interpret that the right way, but he was just really an extremely shy man. I really had great time with him and obviously you can see it in the performance in the movie. Not just my performance, but everyone. He knew how to get the best out of everyone he worked with. It’s all there on the screen so everyone can see how great he was.
What is the contract like going from an iconic director like Stanley Kubrick to such a stylized director in Rob Zombie when you portrayed Dr. Loomis in his take on the Halloween movies?
Rob is a very extraordinary guy. He’s a fantastic director and very underrated because he does horror movies. Most people don’t realize great directing in horror. I really think if Rob ever did, you know, just a regular, non-horror type of movie he could bring a tremendous amount to it.
So you think he has a promising future in the industry?
I definitely don’t think we’ve seen the last of him. He has a very promising future and it will be interesting to see what he does next.