Malcolm McDowell, an actor I have admired for a long time, definitely falls under the category of a genuine Interview, and chatting with him recently about his role on Community, and his busy career, was a highlight of the year so far.
The famed actor, who currently co-stars as Stanton Infeld in Franklin & Bash, has a mind-blowing 221 acting credits to his name, according to IMDb, in both television and film, plus voice over work in video games and cartoons. His most famous roles, of course, have to be as Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and as the villain Tolian Soran in Star Trek Generations, but this month he’s promoting his latest appearance as Professor Cornwallis on the fourth season of Community, which airs tonight on City and on NBC, for the episode “Intro to Knots”.
At first, the genial actor chatted with me about the last time he was in Toronto, and the fact that, when he was here for FanExpo, that was the last time that he spoke with his former neighbour, actor Larry Hagman, who passed away in November 2012.
Speaking with McDowell about Community, he discussed the amazing cast on the series, how impressed he was with Joel McHale, the next few months of travel that he has ahead of him for new roles, and his work in cartoons and video games.
As a fan of McDowell and his work, it was a friendly conversation that is now one of my favorite Interviews to date. Read the interview and then watch Community tonight on City at 8:00 PM (ET/PT), 9:00 PM (MT), and 7:00 PM (CT).
W. Andrew Powell: Considering everything you’ve done over the years, from television to movies and games, what drew you to appear on Community?
Malcolm McDowell: “Well, you know, it’s a sort of very quirky show, in terms of mainstream. The fact that this is on a network is a sense of bemusement to me because, you know, usually they’re scared of anything that’s not sitcom, but, I knew about the show–I’ve seen it a couple of times, of course. I love Joel McHale, and the script was fun, and they asked me to do it because I’m doing a show for Sony as well, and it’s part of a family, and all the rest of it. You know, that’s why I did it, basically.”