“You never stop learning. I can pretty much do most things but there are some things that are more difficult, and those are the things I want to do,” said Malcolm McDowell diverse at the Turin Film Festival. The British actor will receive the Stella della Mole Award at a gala on Wednesday at Italy’s National Film Museum in Turin.
McDowell is looking forward to new acting challenges. “I don’t just play the normal stuff. I’m looking forward to doing this Western early next year — and it must be fun, I never do — and then I think I’ll do a vampire movie. This year, I’m playing serial killers, rapists, and great-grandparents.” .
McDowell particularly enjoys working with younger directors “at the start of their journey”. “That, you’ve got a big kick, and I love that… I’ve also worked with some amazing directors, and of course, I’m very lucky. But every director is different, and it requires different things. Some don’t really say much.”
“My first director, Lindsey Anderson, was from the theater a lot. He loved discussing the characters, and all the rest, which made one feel very safe.” Stanley [Kubrick] He didn’t care. He was most interested in the camera, the lights, the sounds, and all the photography techniques. He was a brilliant technician and his films show that.”
Zooming in on his work for Italian cinema, he seems glad some things have changed for the better. “There was a period 30-40 years ago, when Italian cinema thought what they should do was make films in English. That was a huge mistake. Although I made the most of this, and got some parts that I really enjoyed, I must Italian films are in Italian.
“This is her beauty, [it has] Rhythm is different from any other language. I can’t even imagine a Fellini movie in English, it doesn’t even count. […] Thank God, this did not last long.
When asked if he could imagine the cross-generational acclaim for “A Clockwork Orange,” he replied: “Nobody can. It’s a 52-year-old movie. It’s still being talked about. It’s a phenomenon. I can’t think of another movie with that genre in it.” [thing]: young people find it, and give it a name of their own. every generation [does]. It’s kind of a rite of passage. Isn’t that amazing? “
Speaking about why so many find Kubrick’s film timely, he said, “In the beginning it was the shock of the violence. […] Now, what’s important is the political element, the right to choose and to keep big brothers out of your life.”
Since the early 1990s, McDowell has been voicing several characters in video game productions. “I did ‘Wing Commander III’ and ‘IV’, that was the first big game. Then they made a movie but I didn’t want to do that, the game was enough. But it was a very good game, and it was very popular everywhere in the world.” I just enjoy doing it [them] Because children play with it. […] It is important to have a young audience, all my contemporaries are dying.
McDowell admits he’s not a gamer, but he’s still fascinated by good video game scripts like “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” “I haven’t even seen him [the final result]. I think I gave it to some young man.”
On the subject of the future of movie theaters, McDowell sees “troubled times ahead”. “I don’t know if theaters can survive. I keep my fingers crossed. […] It’s still fun going to the movies and waiting for the lights to go out.”
“I think it’s going to be very difficult economically. Look what happened to the malls in America. They’re empty. It’s because of the pandemic and everyone gets used to ordering from Amazon. In a way, it becomes a monopoly, you’re dependent on one thing. And that’s never a good thing.”
McDowell is also concerned about how the rise of big players and conglomerates in the film and television industry might affect the diversity of content. “What happens is that it’s almost impossible to make an independent movie. It’s always been hard, of course, but it’s never been impossible. But now because of broadcasting… broadcasting is where independent movies go!”
“It’s a shame we’re losing character-driven movies, and I don’t want to see green screen movies that are nauseating. My kids love them and that’s fine – there’s a place for them, let’s have them! But let’s also balance it out a bit with some adult content,” he says.