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Alan CummingAlan Cumming (born 27 January 1965), is a Scottish-American actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays.
His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (for which he received an Olivier Award), the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, the master of ceremonies in Cabaret (for which he won a Tony Award), and Design for Living. His best known film roles include his performances in Goldeneye, Spy Kids, and X2. Cumming also introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS and appears on The Good Wife, for which he has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Satellite Award.

 




1. ONCE IN A WHILE IT’S GOOD TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN A WAY THAT’S REALLY DAUNTING.

2. WITH ‘URBAN SECRETS,’ I JUST REALLY LIKED THE IDEA OF WANDERING AROUND CHATTING TO PEOPLE.

3. ACTORS AREN’T STUPID, MOSTLY, AND IF THERE’S A SENSIBILITY AND AN AESTHETIC THAT A DIRECTOR’S GOING FOR, IF YOU’RE AWARE OF THAT TOO, YOU CAN DO THINGS TO HELP THAT.

4. ACTUALLY I LIKE WORKING KIND OF FAST, BECAUSE IF YOU GOT IT, WHY BOTHER DOING IT OVER AND OVER?

5. I LIKE THE TRAGEDIES WAY MORE THAN THE COMEDIES BECAUSE THEY’RE SO UNIVERSAL.

6. I THINK AMERICAN ACTORS ARE MUCH MORE INTIMIDATED BY SHAKESPEARE.

7. PERFORMING A ONE-MAN MACBETH FEELS LIKE THE GREATEST CHALLENGE.

8. SO THE EXPERTS THINK WE COULD HAVE AN AIDS-FREE GENERATION IN AFRICA BY 2015, EVEN IF THE MOTHERS ARE POSITIVE.

9. I LOVE A FILM WHERE I GET SQUISHED BY TWO DUMPSTERS OR I FLY THROUGH THE AIR.

10. I DON’T FEEL I’M A COMPULSIVE PERSON. I MULTITASK. I’M REALLY WELL-ORGANISED, AND I HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE TO HELP ME.

11. I HAD TO BE A GROWN-UP WHEN I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BOY, AND NOW THAT I’M A GROWN-UP MY LITTLE-BOYNESS HAS EXPLODED OUT OF ME. I’VE LIVED MY LIFE BACKWARDS.

12. MY MUM ALWAYS TOLD ME I WAS PRECIOUS, WHILE MY DAD ALWAYS TOLD ME I WAS WORTHLESS. I THINK THAT’S A GOOD GROUNDING FOR A BALANCED LIFE.

13. I WAS SO SCARED OF GOING BACK TO THE THEATRE AFTER ‘HAMLET.’ I DIDN’T KNOW IF I’D DO A PLAY AGAIN BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID OF THE POWER OF IT.

14. I’M SCOTTISH FIRST, AND IT’S ODD TO HEAR THAT I’M A SCOTTISH-AMERICAN.

15. KIDS ARE MORE GENUINE. WHEN THEY COME UP AND WANT TO TALK TO YOU, THEY DON’T HAVE AN AGENDA. IT’S MORE ENDEARING AND LESS PIERCING TO YOUR AURA.

16. YOU’LL SEE DAME JUDI DENCH IN A BOND FILM, IN SHAKESPEARE AND THEN STARRING IN HER OWN SITCOM. YOU NEVER SEE THAT HERE WITH MERYL STREEP.

17. IT IS NOT HARD TO FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER. I THINK WE HAVE ALL FELT LIKE THAT AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER.

18. ROMEO IS THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD CHARACTER IN LITERATURE, I THINK. HE’S HARDCORE TO PLAY BECAUSE HE’S DISPLAYING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HAMLET AT THE BEGINNING, AND, WELL, THEN EVERYTHING ELSE HAPPENS.

19. PANTOMIME IS A BIG THING IN THE CULTURAL CALENDAR OF MY COUNTRY, YOU KNOW. SO SUBTLETY’S NOT MY FORTE.

20. A SWEATY MACBETH WITH BLOOD ON HIS ARMS COMING IN FRESH FROM THE BATTLE DOESN’T INTEREST ME.

21. I DON’T AVOID ANYONE BUT I ALWAYS THINK SOME PEOPLE HATE ME.

22. I LIKE WORKING ON THINGS THAT ARE VERY DIFFERENT AND THAT INVOLVE DIFFERENT DISGUISES.

23. I THINK YOU CAN BE AS BIG AS YOU LIKE AS LONG AS YOU MEAN IT. I REALLY DO.

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