Why McDowell Started Smoking

by Jenny Novac on June 18, 2014

Malcolm McDowell

English actor Malcolm McDowell began to smoke cigarettes again after watching the movie A Clockwork Orange, in which he played a lead role. The movie was made in 1971 and directed by famous Stanley Kubrick . It is a story about a band of criminals.

When the movie was released it shocked the audience and even was prohibited from showing in the USA and British cinema screens which just added people’s interest in that movie. Now A Clockwork Orange is a cult classic.

Malcolm McDowell Smoking

Malcolm McDowell plays in movies for more than 45 years and most of all likes to play bad boys. However, the 71-year-old actor confesses that sometimes he felt upset when playing again a bad boy but generally enjoyed these roles.

McDowell recalls that when he saw for the first time the movie  Clockwork Orange he was not shocked. The reaction of audience made him think that they hate the film and that is the reason why he started smoking.

Malcolm McDowell

When asked why he always plays wretches, he says “You could ask the same thing of pretty much any English actor working in America”. Then he adds that his role in A Clockwork Orange is greatest in cinema history and people do not want to see him in roles of a different kind.

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