Alan Cumming

  • Aired:  04/17/13
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Alan Cumming discusses Broadway's production of "Macbeth," set in a psychiatric unit. (5:57)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT WON A TONY

AWARD AS THE EMCEE IN CABARET

BUT HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR BUSTING

RHYMES IN THE MONSTER HIT SINGLE

OOPSY DAISY HOMO PHONE.

PLEASE WELCOME ALAN CUMMING.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ñr

HEY, ALAN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

BEING HERE.

LISTEN.

YOU CLEAN UP REAL NICE.

>> YEAH.

AS A SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR, THAT

WAS MY GAY URBAN LOOK FOR YOU

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE SO MUCH

RAGE.

A GAY URBAN TO SHAKESPEAREAN

ACTOR.

>> YES

Stephen: YOU AND I HAVE

HEALED A NATION ALREADY TONIGHT.

BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANOTHER

PROJECT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW.

TONY-AWARD WINNER.

STAGE, SCREEN.

MUSICAL RECORDINGS.

YOU'VE GOT A NEW C.D.

THE HEAD THAT WEAR THE CROWNS

SPEECHES FOR ROYAL MEN BY

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

I'VE GOT TO LEARN THOSE.

MORE IMPORTANTLY YOU'RE ON

BROADWAY RIGHT NOW IN AN

INCREDIBLE FEAT.

YOU ARE DOING A ONE-MAN MACBETH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> NO

Stephen: YOU'RE NOT ON

BROADWAY.

>> TWO OTHER PEOPLE IN IT.

Stephen: OUR ON BROADWAY

PLAYING MACBETH AND 16 OTHER

PARTS.

IT'S LIKE 16 PARTS IN MACBETH.

>> WHEN PEOPLE SAY ONE MAN I

DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR

>> Stephen: I HATE IT WHEN

PEOPLE CALL THIS A ONE-MAN SHOW

TOO.

OKAY.

WHY ARE YOU PLAYING SO MANY

ROLES?

IS THIS PENNY PINCHING?

YOU ALSO RUN THE CONCESSION

STAND.

WHY SO MANY ROLES?

>> IT'S BECAUSE I'M PLAYING...

WE HAVE THIS ADDED NARRATIVE ON

TOP OF OF MACBETH WHERE I'M A

PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT WHO IS

BROUGHT TO THIS UNIT AND HAS

PSYCHOSIS DOING MACBETH.

HE IS OBSERVED BY TWO OTHER

PEOPLE

>> Stephen: DOES HE THINK HE'S

ALL THESE CHARACTERS?

>> HE'S TELLING THE STORY.

HE'S ACTING OUT THE STORY.

BUT SOMEHOW HIS STORY OF WHY

HE'S COME TO BE IN THAT

PSYCHIATRIC UNIT AND THE STORY

OF MACBETH KIND OF FUSE AT A

CERTAIN POINT AND YOU LEARN

THINGS ABOUT HIM

>> Stephen: CAN WE STAY MACBETH

OR DO WE HAVE THE SCOTTISH PLAY?

>> I SAY MACBETH.

I THINK IT'S DOPEY

>> Stephen: YOU'RE FROM

SCOTLAND.

YOU CAN SAY IT.

>> IN THE THEATER AND

EVERYTHING... I JUST THINK... I

COULDN'T GET... TO BE PLAYING

LIKE ALL THESE PARTS TO HAVE TO

SKIP SPIN AROUND, YOU HAD TO

SWEAR AND SAY LIKE...

>> Stephen: REALLY?

IT'S CABLE.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY?

>> (LAUGHING)

Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE TO.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

BUT HERE'S WHAT I DON'T GET.

THIS WHOLE SHAKESPEARE THING.

I DON'T USUALLY GO FOR THE ELITE

HOYTY TO ITY SHOWS.

I LIKE MY BROADWAY SHOWS TO BE

ADAPTED FROM A REESE

WEATHERSPOON ROM-COM.

WHY SHOULD WE STILL LISTEN TO

SHAKESPEARE?

WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO SAY TO US?

>> WELL, HE'S GOT A LOT TO SAY

ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY, I THINK.

HE ACTUALLY PREDATES MODERN

PSYCHOLOGY.

FREUD AND YUNG.

THAT'S WHY WE ALSO MADE THIS SET

IN A PSYCHIATRIC UNIT TO EXPLORE

ALL THAT.

HE'S GOT AMAZINGLY ACCURATE AND

INSIGHTFUL THINGS

>> Stephen: I DON'T UNDERSTAND

WHY MACBETH IS UPSET BECAUSE HIS

WIFE JUST SAYS TO HIM, HEY, YOU

SHOULD KILL THE KING TO BECOME

KING.

THAT'S JUST POLITICS.

WHY DO YOU THINK MACBETH WIMPS

OUT SO MUCH WHEN LADY MACBETH

HAS GOT THE REAL, YOU KNOW.

>> GOING BACK TO FREUD HE SAID

THIS VERY INTERESTING THING

ABOUT MACBETH.

HE SAID THEY'RE REALLY TWO PARTS

OF THE ONE PERSON.

THEY MAKE UP A WHOLE PERSON.

I HAVE SEX WITH MYSELF.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK A GREAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE

PLAYED THOSE PARTS.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

DO YOU WANT TO PLAY ANY OTHER

DOUBLE ROLES.

DO YOU WANT TO GO A ONE-MAN 12

ANGRY MAN.

ROMEO AND JULIET?

>> ROMEO, I REALLY WANTED TO DO

A PRODUCTION WHERE I PLAY

MACBETH ONE NIGHT AND LADY

MACBETH THE NEXT.

IT'S ABOUT MASK LINT

>> Stephen: THE WHOLE PLAY IS

PLAY IS FOUR HOURS OF SPEAKS

PEER.

>> THE GIRLS ARE GOING SHOW US

YOUR BALLS.

THEY'RE ALWAYS SAYING THAT.

IN ROMEO AND JULIET.

THAT'S A COMMON THING FOR ACTORS

TO DO.

I THINK I'VE DONE IT NOW.

THIS HAPPENED BY ACCIDENT.

IT'S BECOME SORT OF A, YOU KNOW,

A FEAT FOR ME TO DEAL WITH THESE

THINGS.

I THINK WHEN THIS ONE IS

FINISHED IT WILL BE A TIME TO DO

A PLAY WHERE I HAVE... I CAN'T

LIKE COUGH OR FART OR ANYTHING.

IT'S REALLY REALLY... I KNOW

THIS SOUNDS CRAZY.

IMAGINE AN HOUR AND 40 MINUTES

WHEN YOU CAN'T SWALLOW OR COUGH

OR BURP OR FART.

IMAGINE.

>> Stephen: REMIND ME NOT TO GO

TO A DINNER PARTY WITH YOU.

ALAN CUMMING, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING ME.

THE PLAY IS MACBETH.

THE MAN IS ALAN CUMMING AND THE

CD IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE

CROWN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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