Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lizzy Cundy talks to Alan Cumming, whose latest film is set to warm hearts

INSPIRED by a true story from the late 1970s concerning an abandonned teenager with Down syndrome taken on by a gay couple and their legal fight to keep him, Any Day Now isn't going to be packing in the masses when it opens around the country.
However, it's a powerful tale of love that touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

I met with its star Alan Cumming who told me what it was like filming with Isaac Leyva who has Down Syndrome.

"He was one of the most professional actors I've worked with in a while! He was just like this light. So excited to be there and he bought an amazing energy [to it]. It really reminded me what acting should be".

Cumming went on to tell me that he felt really strongly connected to the story saying "I think it's a story that needed to be told".
After having his license taken off him for speeding, Alan joked that he had a monk-life existence whilst filming Any Day Now as you really need a car to get around in LA.

Alan recently confirmed his love with partner Grant in a civil ceremony but did he have any plans to adopt, like his character in the story.

He confided "I have thought about it over the years. We've decided we don't want to. But I think we should have the right to".

Hear, hear Alan. And here's to a great run for a heartwarming story.

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