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McDowell On Being Heroes' Linderman

Published March 18, 2007 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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Though we never saw him, we always knew that Mr. Linderman had a hand in just about each of our heroes' lives. After teasing us with the idea of the character for nearly a season, NBC recently revealed that Linderman is the reincarnation of Caligula. Well, not exactly, but you get my drift.

Malcolm McDowell Talks Heroes

Malcolm McDowell, who was recently unveiled to be Linderman on Heroes, caught up with EW and discussed what we could possibly expect from the character before season 1 finished out.

McDowell, 63, is best known for sporting fishhook eyelashes and dishing out ultraviolence in A Clockwork Orange. ''I do enjoy playing extreme people — mostly because they're nothing like me,'' says McDowell, who'll haunt Heroes for at least three episodes this season. (Kring wants him to stick around longer.) When the series returns on April 23, McDowell says Linderman will reveal himself to be not just a mere gangster, but ''the mastermind behind all the shenanigans that are going on,'' including the political machinations of Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) and the efforts of Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) to avert New York's nuclear incineration. McDowell's clearly pumped; during this interview, he excitedly let out a number of spoilers, from the ominous significance of the April 23 episode's title (''.07%'') to this: ''The twist about Linderman is that he also has a power, which is — oh, I should probably hold back.'' (As will we.)

McDowell goes on to admit that he can't wait for the May 21 season finale and how he hopes to share some screen time with Star Trek fan Hiro.

Heroes airs Mondays at 9 on NBC. The show is currently on break.

Stay tuned for updates.

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