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Malcolm McDowell Turned Down Star Trek: Generations Four Times

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McDowellOver the years, the Star Trek franchise has enlisted the skills of many actors who were already well-known beforehand. Ricardo Montalban and Benedict Cumberbatch were both proven talents before they stepped into the role of Khan Noonien Singh. Christopher Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer both had a beloved sitcom role under their belt before they appeared as a Klingon commander and a Starfleet captain, respectively. Even people like Bryan Singer, Christian Slater, and Seth MacFarlane have appeared in small roles just so they could be a part of the Trek universe. But not every actor out there is a fan, and some would rather have nothing to do with Star Trek. Case in point: Star Trek: Generations’ Malcolm McDowell.

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Malcolm McDowell Says He Did Trekkies A Favor When He Killed Captain Kirk

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Malcolm McDowell is a legendary actor in the sci-fi genre. His portrayal of Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian world set in the near future, A Clockwork Orange, as been categorized as iconic, memorable and haunting. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times during their Hero Complex Film Festival, McDowell talked about working with the genre defining and changing director, Stanley Kubrick, and his role in Star Trek: Generations and the death of Captain Kirk.

A quick guide to the key points in the below video interview:

01:23 – Working with Stanley Kubrick and the vision of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

08:46 – Star Trek: Generations and the death of Captain James Tiberius Kirk.