- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Malcolm McDowell, the actor who played main character Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” says the dystopian society depicted in the 1972 crime film has become a reality in the United States.

The future English society depicted in the film, based on a novel by Anthony Burgess, in which “all older people stayed indoors with their televisions on” is “basically what happened,” Mr. McDowell, now 72, told the New York Daily News. “It’s just the young people out there doing drugs — and he foretold all this before the drug explosion.”

The English actor, who now lives in Ojai, California, said the prison system portrayed in the film is all too familiar in modern America.

“I don’t see any aversion therapy, thank God, but it’s amazing how there’s so many people incarcerated in America,” he said. “We are so backward in our thinking, we are so medieval.”

Although Mr. Kubrick is often credited with bringing “A Clockwork Orange” to life, Mr. McDowell said Mr. Burgess doesn’t get his due.

“Nobody comments about Anthony Burgess anymore but he is the real genius here,” he said.

Mr. McDowell also called Mr. Kubrick an “extraordinary man” and “a lot of fun to be with.”

“As a person he had an extremely black sense of humor which comes out in the film,” he told the Daily News. “It wasn’t supposed to be a humorous film at all but both my and his sense of humor was very dark.”

Mr. McDowell is currently doing a show for Amazon called “Mozart in the Jungle,” which won a Golden Globe this year for best comedy.


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