Malcolm McDowell Quotes


It is true I'd rather get a hole in one than win an Academy Award.

Real greatness comes from that sort of spontaneity of the moment that takes it into another level. That can never be planned; it happens or it doesn't. And you can't force it.

I'd love to do radio plays. I think that one should be open to everything and shouldn't limit oneself.

I think we're all a little afraid of the dark. If you lived in the country as I did there's nothing quite like country dark which was really black. And as a child your imagination runs wild.

I'm from a country where acting is taken very seriously; it's a very serious profession.

I love Bob Altman. I always admired him so much because I always thought he was a genuine voice.

An actor cannot be a censor. I'm there to interpret.

I'm not quite as buoyant as I was in my youth.

One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place.

They say that time is the fire in which we burn.

Let's not get too precious about it: actors are not heart surgeons or brain surgeons. We are just entertaining people.

The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas.

I never do research unless it's extraordinary circumstances.

You know I've had an incredible career and I'm blessed.

The most dangerous people are always clever compelling and charismatic.

Every university in America teaches 'Clockwork Orange.' I get fed up with it.

Once you commit to something you've got to commit the whole way. Try and make the best of it.

My favorite actor who played villains - who could play anything really - was Jimmy Cagney.

I love doing every role I do!

If you dunk your head in cold water you can't stay under for more than five seconds. I mean that's it.

Different directors offer you different things and it's not necessarily the most obvious things.

The most nurturing of directors can make you feel too comfortable and you don't really push for that extra whatever.

Richard Lester is a wonderful director a great comedy director of course.

It's always a fascinating subject - a serial killer let loose on a small community. It always holds it's always scary.

There are no great scripts - just great films.

The villains that I play I always think that they are grounded wonderful people with enormous intellects who are very exciting to spend an evening with. I never see them as bad people.

If you look a little punkish then they're going to give you the parts. And if you play an iconic villain early on in your career you tend to get asked to play one over and over and over again.

The thing is I've never been a handsome leading-man type so let's not kid ourselves.