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Malcolm McDowell stars as Professor Noah Melville in POUND OF FLESH









 

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm  McDowell is one of the best-known and most respected British actors working in  Hollywood – and around the world. His career in film spans five decades, but he is just as busy now as he was when he first rose to fame in 1968, starring in Lindsay Anderson’s legendary If... He later worked with Anderson in O Lucky Man! (1973). But the film that sealed his reputation was Kubrick’s infamous A Clockwork Orange (1971).

Are you still crying over the death of Captain Kirk? Do you enjoy a little singin’ in the rain? On Halloween night, do you put on a trench coat and become convinced that evil is here? If you find yourself answering “Yes” to these questions, Malcolm McDowell is a name you will not soon forget. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire England, Malcolm always figured, as the actor  has said himself “If all else in my life failed, I could always become an actor”

For more than 40 years, Malcolm McDowell has captivated audiences worldwide - bewitching us with his poise and talent, endearing us with his wit and charm, and horrifying us with his uncanny ability to make the evilest of villains the most attractive characters in the story. While rehearsing a modern-dress production of Twelfth Night at the Royal Court Theatre in December 1967, Malcolm had a meeting with one of the world’s greatest directors. The director was Lindsay Anderson. The meeting was about a part in Lindsay’s film, If..., and the rest is history. By the time Malcolm received a call-back for the part in If..., he knew who Lindsay Anderson was and how special this opportunity could be. He knew this could be it. What he didn’t kno was that he was about to experience the audition of the century. It started out well enough; he got there. After that, things quickly began to go downhill. He didn’t have a script, he was unprepared, and soon found himself flat on his back, dazed, confused and crying because his future co-star (Christine Noonan) had just punched him. Other than that, all was right with the world. In fact, it was more than right – it was pure movie magic! Malcolm got the part, and his career and life would forever be changed. 

Malcolm’s portrayal of “Mick Travis,” a lovable school rebel in If... convinced Stanley Kubrick to cast him as “Alex” – the infamous and not-so-lovable rebel, rapist, murderer and pillager of A Clockwork Orange. Next came “the densest and most complex film I ever made” quoting Malcolm McDowell.

To gain Lindsay Anderson’s commitment to direct another movie, Malcolm began writing a script based on his experiences as a coffee salesman.

“Between leaving school and being an actor, I somehow got involved in selling coffee, in Yorkshire ... where they only drink tea”
 -Malcolm McDowell

After 40 pages, Malcolm got David Sherwin (the master writer behind If...) on board. With David’s help, and Lindsay Anderson’s epic hand of direction, the film O Lucky Man! was born, and Malcolm got his next leading role as Mick Travis, an innocent on an unforgettable journey through life. While finishing up Caligula, one of the most bizarre and controversial films of his career - Hollywood came calling for Malcolm in the form of Time After Time, perhaps the only film in history that successfully combined romance, time travel and Jack The Ripper. Once in America, Malcolm continued to take audiences by storm and amassed a staggering body of work. In 1980, he commanded the stage as “Jimmy Porter” in one of the most must-see NY plays of the time - Look Back in Anger. Later, he starred opposite Roy Scheider as the notorious Col. Cochrane in Blue Thunder, he got a taste for the wild side opposite Nastassja Kinski in Cat People, and proudly slayed the un-slay-able Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Generations.

In the last five years Malcolm has appeared in more than 20 films and TV productions, including I  Spy (2002) with Eddie Murphy, and Between Strangers (2002) with Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino, Gerard Depardieu. Other credits include Robert Altman’s The Company, with with Charlotte Rampling in the thriller I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead directed by Mike Hodges, and the story of infamous Russian serial killer Evilenko. In Good Company (2005) finds Malcolm in the power role of corporate raider  and boss of Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid, and also in the thriller The List. 

Throughout the past decade, Malcolm’s versatility continues to know no bounds. He has played everything - from Ari’s nemesis on HBO’s Entourage, to the mysterious “Mr. Linderman” on Heroes, to one of the most legendary characters of the Horror universe, “Dr. Loomis” in Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). Malcolm’s latest projects include The Book of Eli (with Denzel Washington), Suing the Devil, and TNT’s Franklin & Bash - a recently greenlit television series in which Malcolm will have a regular, starring role. His work on two popular TV series, Entourage and Heroes has brought him a new fan base. In 2003 his creative partnership with Tamar Simon Hoffs began when he soared in the role of the dying College Librarian, and patriarch, Enda Doyle, in the award winning film, Red Roses and Petrol, based on the Irish play.

Malcolm McDowell also appears as Principal Gibbons in the romantic comedy film Easy A, (2010) directed by Will Gluck, and as Roy Fontaine in Monster Butler, (2010) written by Peter Bellwood and directed by Douglas Rath. Monster Butler is the true story of serial-killing con-man Roy Fontaine, who cut a bloody swath through England and Scotland, hiring himself out as a butler, robbing his employers and in some cases murdering them. The veteran actor is also set to reprise the role of Britt Stiles on the tv series The Mentalist. His character Britt Stiles is the leader of the Visualize Self-Realization Center who first showed up on the episode of The Mentalist titled "Red All Over."

In POUND OF FLESH, Malcolm McDowell brings the perfect combination of eccentricity and pathos to the role of Professor Noah Melville, and his presence commands the screen every time he appears. Even while reciting Shakespeare to a class of devoted students, 
mainly gorgeous coeds, he conveys the  subtleties of his character in every frame, gradually revealing his motivations. Credited as an Executive Producer of POUND OF FLESH, McDowell came on board early, and his enthusiasm, support and input were pivotal to its success.

Malcolm McDowell stars as Professor Noah Melville in POUND OF FLESH.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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