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2006'06.27

Do you remember this guy? Nightcrawler (played by Alan Cumming) who just disappeared off with X-2? After I finished X-Men 3, I asked, "WHERE IS NIGHTCRAWLER?!" How on earth could they not AT LEAST account for his disappearance.

Anyway. I discovered today, that he is an amazing guy in the arts and media industry. :D Recently, he played Macheath (oh my gosh and we're studying this play!) in The Threepenny Opera, which is based on Elizabeth Hauptmann’s German translation of John Gay's eighteenth-century The Beggar’s Opera:




And I nearly choked on my drink x) I had no idea he did Broadway. (While on this topic, the sequel to The Beggar's Opera, Polly, was banned from production by Prime Minister Robert Walpole because of the satirical comments shot at him xD)

Cumming has also played Fegan Floop in Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3-D. He also appeared in the 1995 production of Emma, based on the novel by Jane Austen, and has acted in The Dead Poets' Society as a film for BBC2.


(Hamlet)

On Hamlet:
Alan played the title role in Shakespeare's tragedy for the English Touring Theatre. The play toured England and ended up in London at the Donmar Warehouse. Alan won the Martini Rossi TMA award for Best Actor, and was also nominated for the Richard Burton Award at the Shakespeare Globe Awards. "This was a huge thing for me. I'd never really wanted to do Hamlet, and it only came about when Tilda Swinton pulled out of the planned production of Miss Julie that I was going to do with Steve Unwin (the director). It really changed my life. I don't think anyone can play Hamlet without him affecting you in a really primal way. The part deals with such universal and yet personal things: your relationship with your parents, dealing with the death of a parent (and as I felt it, dealing with the death of a parent you didn't like very much), wanting to get away from home and back to your friends, university and your own life, trying to cope with your girlfriend suddenly dumping you when you are feeling really low for no apparent reason - as well as some issues that thinking about or exploring even on a very superficial level can be incredibly upsetting and haunting, e.g. wondering whether or not to kill yourself, and how to deal with your father's ghost coming to you and telling you to avenge his death! But even though it was the biggest challenge of my life to play (and sustain playing) this part, I am so grateful to have had the chance, because it really did change my life. It also eventually made me feel much more relaxed about my work. I feel that if I die tomorrow then I will have done something I am truly proud of."
-alancumming.com


He has also appeared in various other Shakespearean plays including Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth/Macbeth Posessed. Hey, he even played the role of PIP in the stage production of Great Expectations!


(Alan Cumming as Pip in Great Expectations.)

You know what. Most of all, I still want Nightcrawler back. :(

"Toward happiness you run
Through rain and snow and sleet,
But happiness will always run
Behind you in the street.
Yes, for human living,
Humans aren't smart enough.
So they don't know their striving
Will never be enough."
-quote from Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Threepenny Opera.

"Life's a jest, and all things show it. I thought it once and now I know it."
-John Gay

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siti, this one is this year's stage production ! (watch the video) I think the macheath we saw in the video was a different guy. :)

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