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When Alan met Jeremy

Screen’s US editor Jeremy Kay hosted a Q&A with Alan Cumming at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Alan Cumming flew in to the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday [12] to entertain the audience in a Q&A session with Screen’s US Editor Jeremy Kay following a screening of his latest movie, Any Day Now.

The story of a gay couple in 1970s New York who fight for custody of a boy with Down’s Syndrome has sparked plenty of festival love in the US. The script sat around for 25 years before director Travis Fine came along and got it made.

Cumming revealed that many years before he landed the role of Rudy there were two other household names who had expressed interest: Dom DeLuise and – wait for it – Sylvester Stallone.

Cumming also regaled the crowd with an account of the day he accepted his OBE from The Queen. “I had on the Cumming hunting tartan,” said the Scottish star of stage and screen, adding that he was more than a little preoccupied that day with the urge not to utter a malapropism.

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