Malcolm McDowell has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Growing up in Liverpool in the early ‘60s, he took his girlfriend to see The “Silver” Beatles at the Cavern Club. By the end of the decade, he was one of the beautiful people swingin' through London as the star of Lindsay Anderson’s “If….” and "O Lucky Man." In 1971, he drew raves for his electric performance in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.”
Fifty years later, he feels like a "Lucky Man" all over again for landing in Canada on CBC’s breakout comedy hit, “Son of a Critch.”
McDowell loved shooting in Newfoundland and immediately bonded with his young British co-star, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth. He praises the scripts along with the book the series was spun off from: Mark Critch's memoir about growing up eccentric on Canada's East Coast.
And what a life he has led in-between. Listen as McDowell tells story after story about the famous stage and film folk he has known, including three Sirs: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and John Guilgud. Other names dropped include Peter Sellers, Robert Altman, Robert Mitchum, Michael Caine and George Harrison.
At 78, he's never been busier, having just finished shooting a movie with two actors he adores: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
He's got stories about them, too. This is a podcast you don't want to miss.