Alan Cumming on ‘Any Day Now’ and Perfecting a Queens Accent

  • Pin It

any-day-now-alan-cummingAlan Cumming knows how to take a risk when choosing his projects.

Instead of taking it easy on his breaks from appearing on CBS’ hit drama, The Good Wife, Cumming uses his time to take on demanding projects, like the new film, Any Day Now.

“I was on summer holiday from The Good Wife. I always seem to do the most crazy challenging things on my break,” the Scottish actor said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.  “Last summer I decided to play all the parts in Macbeth.  The summer before that I did this film.  Maybe next summer I am just going to have a real holiday.”

In Any Day Now, Cumming portrays a drag-queen performer in the ‘70s who tries to fight the legal system in order to adopt a teen with Down Syndrome.  “I obviously play people all the time who are very different from me, but to go into this with such little preparation—I don’t know what somebody from America in the 1970s went through—but you just dive in and connect in a gut way.  I understood all the things he was feeling.”

“When we showed it at Out Fest, an ex-girlfriend of mine said ‘I’ve never seen a film when so much of you comes out.’  That’s something I’ve been trying to do in my career—let people see you even when you’re not being you.  So there’s lots of me in this.”

Another challenge for the actor was perfecting a Queens accent for his character.  “I’ve never done a whole film when I had to have that accent.  I remember when I did Annie with Kathy Bates, I would say [in Queens accent] ‘Hey sis, who’s the hot tomato in the fancy car?’  I based that on my friend Carmine.  But this was being so real.  It’s easier to do when it’s a little cartoony.  But this was a real person.  It was much harder.  I watched some films and things.  The Internet is great.  You can get really detailed audio.  I was a little magpie.”

The film, already receiving Oscar buzz, will be released on Friday, December 14.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/bradley-cooper-american-sniper.jpg
Bradley Cooper’s Physical Transformation in ‘American Sniper': “It changes the way you walk, the way people relate to you”
American Sniper continues to heat up the box office as well as Bradley Cooper‘s already hot career. To play the role of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the actor had to bulk up quite a bit to make his portrayal believable. “I had to get to the point where I believed I was him,” Cooper says. […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/watch-al-pacino-talks-the-humbli.jpg
Watch: Al Pacino Talks ‘The Humbling’ and His Extraordinary Career
In this conversation with Al Pacino talks about his role in The Humbling -- including working with Greta Gerwig -- and his historic acting career
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/watch-oscar-nominee-steve-carell.jpg
Watch: Oscar Nominee Steve Carell Talks Improv, Auditioning for ‘The Office’ and ‘Foxcatcher’
Carell talks about his entire career as an actor, including his background in improv, how he landed the Michael Scott role on The Office, and Foxcatcher
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ethan-hawke-ellar-coltrane-boyhood.jpg
Ethan Hawke Calls ‘Boyhood’ the “most special endeavor of my life”
Ethan Hawke is riding high with his fourth Oscar nomination for the Richard Linklater-directed Boyhood. In a recent “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, the 44-year-old actor gave some thoughtful insight into his career and the 12-year creative endeavor that became the biggest film of the Oscar season. When asked what was the most difficult thing about […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/martha-plimpton-a-delicate-balance.jpg
Martha Plimpton Takes a Refreshing Approach to a Long-Lasting Career
Martha Plimpton is an actress who enjoys the work, she’s not in it for the fame. The proof is in her continually excellent work that she is doing on-screen and on the stage. She’s currently starring in A Delicate Balance on Broadway. It’s the audience who gives her the ultimate thrill. “I try to get […]