Fate is a cruel mistress, Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell in the early days

By now you’ve probably seen trailers or television spots for the upcoming remake of Halloween. Not surprisingly it looks pretty forgettable. One thing that struck me, however, was the presence of Malcolm McDowell in the film. McDowell is most famous for playing the role of Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, a film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name. Unfortunately, McDowell hasn’t been in anything truly remarkable in the 36 years that have passed since A Clockwork Orange, with the possible exception of playing the emperor Caligula in the eponymous 1979 film. It’s really a shame that such a good actor should be relegated to playing the villain in such movies as Tank Girl and I Spy.


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