Carry A Poem

Monday 1 Feb 10

I am fronting a campaign in Scotland, under Edinburgh's World City of Literature banner,  called Carry A Poem which is encouraging people to read more poetry and also to carry poems around with them.

There are lots of events and talks coming up and also on the website you can see different people's favourite poems.  I chose He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven by Yeats.

Ask Alan...

Why are you the only famous actor from the British Isles who hasn't been in a Harry Potter movie? 

I know, right!!  I actually was nearly going to be in one a long time ago but the deal just didn't work out.

Kathy from PA writes:  I have a funny photo of you wearing a t-shirt that says "I'm with dough ball".  The reason I tell you all of those details is...I was wondering how often you actually recognize your fans when we meet you several times?
One more there any way that you would do Cabaret again???

Yes, I totally recognise people, especially in New York because that's where I live and so I run into people at events. And I love that T-shirt! But no, I won't be doing Cabaret again. There was a move afoot a couple of years ago to remount it, but I'm sort of glad that it didn't happen.  I think it's best to let things from the past stay in the past sometimes. 

Susi writes: Hi Alan, I was always wondering if there's ever a possibility of you and Hugh Jackman singing a duet (maybe on stage)? I think it was a bit of a missed opportunity that Nightcrawler and Wolverine never decided to sing together.

Haha, X Men The Musical!  I did sing at a gala thing last year in LA and Hugh was singing too. He did a duet with Amy Adams though, and I did one with Neil Patrick Harris.  Maybe one day...

Buzika writes: When were you in Hungary? Don't you want intend to come again? We very love you.

I was in Hungary in 1997 to shoot a film called For My Baby, and I had an amazing time.  We shot mostly in Budapest.  I stayed in a hotel that had been Nai HQ during the Second World war.  And I loved walking across the river to go to the Gellert Baths.  I'd love to go back.  Maybe I'll put that out to the universe and see what happens.

I just arrived in Los Angeles because I start shooting Burlesque tomorrow. I have a 6am call. Yikes.