In Alan Cumming’s latest film, After Louie, the celebrated screen along with theater actor, who is usually back on CBS with Instinct, portrays grief-stricken LGBTQ activist Sam Cooper, still mourning the loss of his lover to an AIDS-related death over two decades ago. Enter a carefree, 20-something Braeden Devries (Zachary Booth), who ends up at Sam’s place after the two meet at a bar. Cocktails lead to rough, hand-slapping sex — along with, yes, Cumming watched that will very scene with his mom along with mother-in-law.
“Can you imagine having your mom there?” Cumming asks ET, laughing as he recalls sitting with both women at Frameline, San Francisco’s long-running LGBTQ film festival, in June of last year.
“Grant’s mom said, ‘I love the sex scenes! I thought they were great!'” he says, referring to Grant Shaffer, his husband of six years. “I was like, ‘Please stop talking about the sex scenes. I do not want to have a discussion with my mother-in-law about me, you know, having my hand over the mouth of someone as I’m penetrating him.”
However, plenty of people do want to talk about Cumming being nearly nude within the film, which is usually right now streaming VOD. To appear older for the role, the 53-year-old actor packed on a few additional pounds along with grew a beard.
“the item’s like people dancing — someone’s sexy when they’re dancing, when they’re comfortable in their own skin along with comfortable with their own body, along with they can be any size or shape,” Cumming says. “So, I’m glad people are thinking, ‘Oh, there’s a middle-aged man naked.’ If that will inspires or helps them, you’re welcome.”
yet After Louie reaches beyond sexual desire, tackling the generational divide that will exists between two gay men: Sam, who lived through the AIDS crisis yet can’t shake its lingering trauma; along with Braeden, who’s only ever known HIV as a manageable disease.
“As someone who lived through the AIDS crisis along with identifies as queer, I can remember feeling scared of AIDS; I can remember feeling angry about the way that will people who had HIV were stigmatized,” Cumming says, recalling AIDS as “literally a plague.”
Cumming was struck by first-time director along with longtime gay activist Vincent Gagliostro’s unique vision, This specific “schism between these two generations,” along with believes its queer niche-ness has universal appeal. “Why do we think our stories aren’t important enough for a mainstream audience to witness along with enjoy? In all sorts of ways we pigeonhole ourselves,” he says about LGBTQ-themed cinema.
Cumming understands why, of course: The Scotland-born actor, whose first U.S. feature was 1997’s cult comedy Romy along with Michele’s High School Reunion opposite Lisa Kudrow along with Mira Sorvino along with has recently appeared in The Battle of the Sexes along with on The Great Wife, had doubts that will his personality along with sense of humor could be understood in America. yet, Cumming says people should be concerned about hearing everybody’s story.
“the item’s actually a great time because of This specific film,” he says. “Even the Me Too movement is usually essentially a kind of treatise on how the older generation has let down their younger peers because they have allowed a behavioral pattern to be unchecked.”
When Cumming revels within the diverse crowd at his completely new York City nightclub, Club Cumming within the East Village, he’s gripped by a sense of kindness as “all genders along with sexes along with sexualities come along with co-mingle, along with feel relaxed, safe along with happy with each some other.” Witnessing that will melting pot of clubgoers has been his “biggest pride.”
Of course, the actor also feels proud that will his completely new procedural, Instinct, debuted on CBS to impressive ratings, spiking during its second episode, which aired after Anderson Cooper’s highly anticipated 60 Minutes interview with adult star Stormy Daniels, who detailed her alleged sexual relationship with the current president. “Our [ratings] went up by a million along using a half — along with that will, of course, is usually in part due to the lovely Stormy Daniels, along with that will’s a great thing.”
Laughing, Cumming says, “the item’s the one thing I will ever thank Donald Trump — for allegedly having sex with Stormy Daniels — because the item made my TV show get better ratings.”
Furthermore, the actor praises the sexuality of his character, CIA operative Dylan Reinhart, the first gay lead in a network TV drama, for being “handled actually nicely [along with] with dignity.” “There are millions of people out there in America who have never seen a gay character on TV like This specific,” Cumming adds, “yet also have never probably seen a same-sex marriage on their screens, along with are seeing one that will is usually happy along with supportive along with lovely.”
For Instinct, the actor shares the same soundstage with fellow CBS legal drama The Great Fight, a spinoff to The Great Wife, on which Cumming spent the series playing crisis manager Eli Gold. In fact, his Instinct dressing room once belonged to Julianna Margulies, while the two shot the CBS drama. As for a cameo on The Great Fight, which stars Sarah Steele as Eli’s daughter, Marissa Gold, who begins work as an investigator for a law firm: “the item was within the cards, yet the item didn’t quite work out contractually,” Cumming says. “yet who knows. the item’s still a possibility. They just have to cough up, that will’s all.”