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Thursday 27 November 2014

Clarke: I stood up to Kubrick!

Warren Clarke said he wasn't afraid to stand up to Stanley Kubrick
Warren Clarke said he wasn't afraid to stand up to Stanley Kubrick

Warren Clarke has revealed that he wasn't afraid to stand up to Stanley Kubrick on the set of A Clockwork Orange.

The actor played Dim in the seminal film, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and revealed that working with the legendary director was "extraordinary".

He said: "If he thought your performance was false he would ask: 'Why are you doing that?' If you didn't have an answer, he'd shout at you. But I got on well with him and I would shout at him if I thought he was pushing us too hard."

Today the film is regarded as a classic but on its release in the UK "it was pilloried by a lot of people in the press because it frightened them," said Warren.

"It wasn't the most violent film ever made and if you look at it, it isn't violent, it's about violence.

"I don't think Stanley expected that reaction. Everywhere else in the world it was looked upon as a piece of art, so Stanley took umbrage and took it off general release six months [after its release].

"I heard he said he never wanted it to be seen in England, ever, even after his death," he said.

The actor, who has since appeared in TV series such as Dalziel And Pascoe and Red Riding, can next be seen on screen in family sitcom In With The Flynns.

:: In With The Flynns begins on Wednesday, June 8 on BBC One.

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