Alan Cumming Quotes

 

When there’s an adult person who’s scaring you, you grow up pretty quickly.

 

It is not hard to feel like an outsider. I think we have all felt like that at one time or another.

— Alan Cumming

You do get really exhausted doing films. You work such long hours, and after a while, things can get out of perspective, just like if anyone’s tired, things get on top of them.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

Pantomime is a big thing in the cultural calendar of my country, you know. So subtlety’s not my forte.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

Performing a one-man Macbeth feels like the greatest challenge.

— Alan Cumming

It’s about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they?

— Alan Cumming

I think you can be as big as you like as long as you mean it. I really do.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

Once in a while it’s good to challenge yourself in a way that’s really daunting.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

I like working on things that are very different and that involve different disguises.

— Alan Cumming

Actually I like working kind of fast, because if you got it, why bother doing it over and over?

— Alan Cumming

Sometimes people get really sniffy about the films you choose if you’ve done more dramatic projects or you’re classically trained.

— Alan Cumming

I’m Scottish first, and it’s odd to hear that I’m a Scottish-American.

— Alan Cumming

For example, Americans seem reluctant to take on Shakespeare because you don’t think you’re very good at it – which is rubbish. You’re missing out here.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

I like the tragedies way more than the comedies because they’re so universal.

— Alan Cumming

With ‘Urban Secrets,’ I just really liked the idea of wandering around chatting to people.

— Alan Cumming

Sometimes with people I know, they’re playing the hunky action guy and there’s resistance to them coming out because it’s so connected to straight masculinity. There’s a plastic kind of movie star who has a very short shelf with very small kind of ambition. I see that but I still don’t agree with it.

— Alan Cumming

I come more to Scotland than I ever used to, so I feel more connected to it, more part of the zeitgeist. You know when you realize you have a choice and I’m choosing my homeland. It’s funny: when you get older these things creep up to you.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

It’s really rare for film directors to be that interested in things other than themselves.

— Alan Cumming

Nowadays people don’t know how to handle it if all the ends aren’t tied up and they’re not told what to think in films. And if they’re challenged, they think it’s something wrong with the film.

— Alan Cumming

I love a film where I get squished by two dumpsters or I fly through the air.

— Alan Cumming

I think directing in a team is a really good idea because it stops the cult of the director as God straight away, and also you’re discussing things on set so it opens it out to everyone and it becomes a totally collaborative thing. And you have someone who supports you when you’re feeling a bit insecure.

— Alan Cumming

There are some days when you don’t feel like being Alan Cumming.

— Alan Cumming

When there’s an adult person who’s scaring you, you grow up pretty quickly.

— Alan Cumming

The thing with film and theater is that you always know the story so you can play certain cues in each scene with the knowledge that you know where the story’s going to end and how it’s going to go. But on television nobody knows what’s going to happen, even the writers.

— Alan Cumming

When you’re on TV, you come into people’s homes. In theater and film, they go to you – to the temple of the cinema or theater. And it’s very different.

— Alan Cumming

I’m not a fan of Twitter.

— Alan Cumming

So the experts think we could have an AIDS-free generation in Africa by 2015, even if the mothers are positive.

— Alan Cumming

I think American actors are much more intimidated by Shakespeare.

— Alan Cumming

I usually can find a way to do a character to make it real and work. But sometimes it’s a struggle sustaining that, because there’s such a level of personal involvement and personal, physical, and emotional distraughtness.

— Alan Cumming

I don’t avoid anyone but I always think some people hate me.

— Alan Cumming

Macbeth was the first play I ever read.

— Alan Cumming

A sweaty Macbeth with blood on his arms coming in fresh from the battle doesn’t interest me.

— Alan Cumming

I’m quite good, though I say it myself, at making strangers feel at ease.

— Alan Cumming

In my first year at drama school, I did this kids’ show called ‘Let’s See.’

— Alan Cumming

I was horrified when Richard Chamberlain and Rupert Everett said gay actors should stay in the closet. They were saying to people that they should live a lie and not be liberated, to live in fear of being found out.

— Alan Cumming

‘Macbeth’ was the first play I ever read. In fact, I remember my brother Tom, who is six years older than me, coming home from school and telling me about it. He was the one that really got me going.

— Alan Cumming

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.

— Alan Cumming

I started to itch to do a play again and ‘Macbeth’ came to the surface in my mind. I never thought I would do it in a conventional way. A sweaty Macbeth with blood on his arms coming in fresh from the battle doesn’t interest me.

— Alan Cumming

My feeling about work is it’s much more about the experience of doing it than the end product. Sometimes things that are really great and make lots of money are miserable to make, and vice versa.

— Alan Cumming

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