Alan Cumming

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Quotes (21)

  • (Talking about Calvin Klein) Alan: He was one of the first people when a designer suddenly was in the mainstream and he also brought homoeroticism in to the mainstream, I'd say.

  • (Talking about his father and how difficult it was growing up in a house run by him) Alan: My dad was quite strict. We did a lot of work on the estate all the time. My brother and I worked. And it wasn't, like... easy. It wasn't easy stuff we had to do. We were terrified of him. When there's an adult person who's scaring you, you grow up pretty quickly. The whole area of my dad is obviously very difficult for me to talk about. But my brother and I often talk about it: things like mowing the lawn in the dark. With his car lights on, so that I could see... it was a little excessive.

  • (On seeing one of his first play as a child a production about Bonnie Prince Charlie and and the Highland Clearances) Alan: I thought it was the most magical thing I'd ever seen. And I saw them putting all their props in a van afterwards and going on to the next thing. And I just thought - I want to do that.

  • (Answering a question about what part of acting he prefers Alan: My favorite part of acting... I suppose it would be just... to lose yourself in another person. I think acting's like... really, it's like being a child. You know when children play, they say, "Oh look, here's my dinosaur" and they believe it's a dinosaur, and so you believe it's a dinosaur, and I think that's the same thing as being an actor. I go to work, and I'm pretending that I've got half my brain, and I'm walking down this road.

  • (On what attracted him to "Tin Man" the 2007 mini-series reimagining "The Wizard of Oz") Alan: My agent sent it to me. People ask me to do things and I just go "Oh, let's do this" without thinking. I don't have any kind of plan. If something connects, I like it, it connects, it all seems like fun, I'll do it. I always have liked "The Wizard of Oz" and actually I've always kind of fantasized about it. I mean, I kind of like fantasy and fantastical thingsn

  • (Commenting on how the United States are perceived in the eyes of the world) Alan: Although the notion of America being a force for good is noble and beautiful, the reality of how the world sees America is very different: America is an imperialist power that invades oil and mineral rich countries on little or flimsy evidence, and at the same time turns a blind eye to blatant genocide taking place in other parts of the globe. American friends of mine [are] being afraid to open their mouths when abroad for fear of reprisal for their nation's 'force of good.' (And I'm not talkin' about scary, rearin' their head places like Russia or Iran. I'm talkin' about in like cool places like London).

  • (His advice to people trying to work as artists) Alan: Be yourself. You are the most interesting thing about yourself. Your life experience, your thoughts, who you are as a person is the most interesting thing about you as a person and as an artist. Don't try and be something that you're not as an artist. Just live your life and imbue your art with your experience.

  • (On his "coming out" as a bisexual man in the American press) Alan: There was sort of a coming out in America, in the American press. It is confusing for people because I'd been married before. Now I'm married again, to a man, but I'd been married to a woman, and gone out with women. And then, I hadn't really had regular relationships with men, long-term ones, I mean. But amongst my friends, amongst people I'd known, I was always bisexual. That wasn't a thing.

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Trivia (25)

  • Alan opted to skip the premiere of his movie Dare at the Sundance Film Festival to attend the inauguration of president Barack Obama.

  • When Alan left school at 16, he went to work for Tops, a youth magazine. His tasks involved interviewing bands, editing comic strips and appearing in photo-love stories for other magazines own by his employer, like Jackie.

  • For the US presidential race of 2008, Alan was approached by Barack Obama's team to be an official surrogate. But because Alan did not get his dual citizenship in time, he wasn't able to take this function, only American citizens are able to be official surrogates. He had to give his support to President Obama's campaign in an unofficial capacity.

  • In October 2008, Alan was an Honorary Chairman for a silent auction held in New York City. The funds raised by the event went to Ali Forney Center; an organization that provides housing and services for homeless gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths.

  • Alan hosted a celebrity auction to amass funds for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Items auctionned included Alan's ticket to Liza Minelli and David Gest's wedding, the dress Susan Sarandon wore to the 2008 Emmy Awards and a Wonder Woman's figurine signed by Lynda Carter.

  • One of the reasons Alan has become a director and a producer of movies is because he was encountering projects that weren't being made because of their controversy, he found that "sinful" and decided to get more involved in the process.

  • Theatre Awards Tony Awards Best Actor in a Musical for Cabaret (1998) (Won). Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Cabaret (1998) (Won). Theatre World Award For Cabaret (1998) (Won). Laurence Olivier Award Comedy Performance of the Year for Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1991) (Won).

  • Alan's Broadway work includes: Cabaret, as Master of Ceremonies (1998, and again in 2004). Design for Living, as Otto (2001). The 24 Hour Plays 2003, as Chris (2003). The Threepenny Opera, as Macheath (2006).

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