Sunday 25 February 2018

McDowell: Kubrick was fun but dark

Malcolm McDowell enjoyed working with Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm McDowell enjoyed working with Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was a lot of fun, Malcolm McDowell has revealed.

The Yorkshire-born actor, best known for playing Alex, leader of the droogs in Kubrick's seminal film A Clockwork Orange, got to know the filmmaker better when the cameras stopped rolling.

"He was a lot of fun - he had a great sense of humour, very black. He was a very intelligent man with an extraordinary intellect," the actor said.

While Stanley may had a knack for filmmaking and other talents, Malcolm said his taste for fine dining left a lot to be desired.

"He knew something on pretty much every subject - except gourmet food! A night out for him would be going to the local Chinese in Borehamwood," he recalled.

"I said to him one night, 'My God, this is like dog food Stanley!' He said: 'You don't like it? I like the chicken chow mein'!"

Malcolm is thrilled for the opportunity to work with the influential filmmaker, whom he calls "brilliant".

"He was not only the hottest director, he was considered the most intellectual. They were art movies that made money - that was what was so brilliant about him," he said.

"I think you only do one Stanley Kubrick movie, and I'm forever grateful it was the right one, because Clockwork is certainly one of the best. Obviously I'm biased!"

:: Malcolm leads the 40th anniversary celebrations of the original cinema release of A Clockwork Orange, while the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection is available now.

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