my trojan condom film!

Tuesday 27 Jan 09

It's my 44th birthday, and what better way to celebrate it than to share with you the film I made with my friend Ned Stresen-Reuter for Trojan Condoms' Evolve one, evolve all website. Here it is...

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my thoughts about sundance

Monday 19 Jan 09

i answered these questions for the LA times the other day at Sundance.  My film, Dare, premieres tonight. I, however am in Washington for the inauguration tomorrow. It is so exciting here. Along the road from my hotel there is a big inflatable Bush and people are lining up to throw their shoes at it!  There is such joy here.

Also here I am giving the Ray Ban Visionary Award to the lovely Ewan Mcgregor.

the last day of my beard!!

Thursday 15 Jan 09

Hello everyone

I am very excited to unveil my latest work:  a film entitled A Beard To Remember. It's a bittersweet story about letting go of something very close to you but also looking forward to a smooth, clean future, set against the snowy industrial landscape of Brooklyn. Take a look.

I also want to tell you about an email I got today from my agent in London.  It was an invitation to do a celebrity version of a show called The Secret Millionaire. Here's the premise (and I am quoting from the email here): 

A millionaire leaves their luxury life behind, takes on a secret identity and lives undercover in a deprived area of the UK. Living on a limited budget with no mod-cons they must forge their own way in the community – working and volunteering alongside the locals and finding individuals and projects who they think deserve a cut of their fortune.  On their final day, the millionaires come clean and reveal their true identity to the people they have chosen, surprising them with overwhelming gifts of thousands of pounds to improve their lives.
 Through this unique experience, extraordinary people and heart-wrenching situations inside deprived communities are revealed. As well as highlighting the positive financial and emotional impact of modern day philanthropy, the programme also draws attention to some of Britain's social problems in a touching and personal way.  

and then they finish with

Channel 4 has asked us to produce a one-off celebrity version of The Secret Millionaire - we all wondered if Alan Cumming would like to take part?

Here's what I wrote back:

Gosh I was just fantasising what it would be like if someone came into my life with thousands of pounds and, oh wait...So let me get this straight...I do a show for them and give away my own money. They get a free show and I get the pleasure of lying to people and making them reveal torrid secrets about their awful lives and then I decide which is the most deprived and media-friendly and then give some of my money to them. Is this what rich people do these days? Whatever happened to giving money to charity? And also if it's called 'secret millionaire', isn't the notion of sending someone famous undercover kind of stupid? And someone famous with a camera crew? I really don't think there will be anywhere in the UK I could go where I wouldn't be recognised by someone. Poor people have TVs too now you know! And am I supposed to be honored that this TV company which wants me to give up my own cash for their exploitative fare also sees me as famous enough to be the celebrity in their special one-off version of their show, but not that much of a celebrity that I will not be found out by the unsuspecting paupers I will be judging? Oh my god, this is an outrage! As you may have guessed I would like to pass. I am also going to write about it on my blog.


And so I have!  I am off to the wilds of Utah tomorrow for the Sundance film festival. I will write more from there

Alan x

happy new year everybody

Friday 9 Jan 09

i hope you all had a great holiday season and that 2009 is everything you wish for.

One of the things I wish is for people on myspace and facebook to stop pretending to be me!  I think it's very flattering that people want to make pages about me, but I can't tell you the number of times that people have come up to me and said, in a slightly miffed manner, that they contacted me on facebook or myspace (or poked me or whatever the correct terminiology is) and I have to tell them that I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of either.

So please, whoever you are, please make it clear on your pages that you are not actually me. Help me not have to deal with grumpy friends of mine who think I am uncommunicative!

I am finishing off the film of 'The Tempest" in NYC. I have had a great time doing it.  Next weekend I'l be at the Sundance film festival promoting Dare, and then it's full steam ahead with rehearsals for my concert debut at Lincoln Center on Feb 7th (see below for ticket details). I'm also going to Washington for the Obama inauguration which will be very exciting, although marred somewhat by my feelings laid out in the post immediately below.

The other day a friend said to me 'Do you feel pressured into going down the plastic surgery route?'. I said I didn't but now of course I am very curious as to what exactly she might think I need to do!!

Gypsy starring Patti Lupone closes on Broadway on Sunday. I have been very intrigued by the show and so dashed out and caught the matinee yesterday with a couple of friends. I was blown away by it and went back again and saw it tonight! They don't make em like that any more, and they don't make em like Patti Lupone either.

I need to look Elizabethan and not in need of cosmetic surgery very early tomorrow, so I bid you all adieu

 alan x