Exclusive! Alan Cumming opens right up

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You love him because of Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion or maybe because you saw him as the MC in Cabaret at London’s glittering Donmar. Now you can see him – and his botty! – in a new production of the very ancient The Bacchae by a Mr. Euripides. Oh, and he’s fab in it. Rave reviews!

Here he talks to us about not being monogamous, getting spliced and that new play.

So how come you get away with being an out gay movie actor? Doesn’t all your private business get dug into in the States?
Not really. You can be open about your personal life. But then there are some mistakes made over the years and there should be stuff that’s just yours. I sometimes get pictured with my boyfriend when I’m out but I don’t want us to be a celebrity couple. I’ve only just arrived and there was a paparazzo outside my door…

What for?
I think it was because Graham Norton and I went to some awards together – he was like, ‘I’m going. Come in my car’ – and of course we get out of the car and we’re like, ‘Oh, they think we’re boyfriends.’ They kept going, ‘Give him a kiss!’ and I was like ‘No!’ But I don’t know. In a funny sort of way, I think there’s nothing to say.

Would they ever get pictures of you with your cock out on Hampstead Heath?
No. You might get photos of me trashed and snogging some boy in a club. That would be alright.

You and your boyfriend recently got married, didn’t you? How was that?
It was great, thank you. Really lovely. We got married at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and everyone came on a boat. Then we all went ice-skating. And my ex-wife came to the party afterwards.

There are people who think we shouldn’t be copying the heterosexual model of coupledom…
Well, I totally get that. Why take on an institution that’s failed so badly. I think actually that you have to look at it as a civil rights thing. Now you have the same civil right as straight people. I just want to be recognised in the eyes of the law and have some security and be respected. Not to be tolerated but to be respected.

Do you think it’ll happen in America?
No, not under Bush. It becomes such a touchstone issue – that and abortion¬†– in the states that are the wibbly wobbly ones. The economy is up the creek, the government is full of crooks and yet they bring it back down to these scary gay people and these women that want abortions. In certain states, it’s just a time of hatred.

So what’s your old man like?
He’s got one of those bodies, he’s completely ripped. He was like, ‘Would you still love me if I was fat?’ I was like, ‘Of course, though I’d never have sex with you.’

Are you monogamous?
I don’t believe that monogamy is feasable and certainly it’s much harder when you’re gay and you have so many more opportunities. And also, it’s not that important. I’m monogamous in my heart. And also, you know, we’re apart a lot. Shit happens. If something happens, it’s not a big deal. We met when we were both hitting 40 so we were grown ups and very pragmatic.

And you’re thinking of adoption?
I’ve been looking into it and thinking it might be something I want to do. That thing the Pope said years ago about how he was against children being adopted by gay parents as they were more likely to be abused and I thought, ‘That’s ripe coming from the head of the Catholic Church where it’s practically in the job description.’

So, what’s this new play about then? Who do you play?
I play Dionysus. I’m the god of wine. I’ve never played a god but I do understand the importance of letting go. I’m a bit like Dionysus in that respect.

Is it all heavy stuff for you now then?
No, I mix and match. I’ve just done a mini-series about the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.

The Bacchae is on at London’s Lyric Hammersmith from 5th to 22nd September.

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5 comments to “Exclusive! Alan Cumming opens right up”

  1. What a lovely arse he’s got. I never would have thunk it.

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  2. But would you want to touch it?

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  3. I think I might. I would probably wear a glove.

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  4. Oh, he really is a fucking bore.

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  5. Cumming is the most beautiful human i have ever seen,he is perfection personified.It does not matter who he is,what he is,what he says or what he does.If i had him i would just love and pet him.He can do as he pleases that is the least he deserves.

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