Sunday 24 September 2017

'Isn't it wonderful you have a gay Taoiseach' - Good Wife star Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming, Leo Varadkar (inset).
Alan Cumming, Leo Varadkar (inset).
Alan in Listowel Park
Alan in Listowel Arms Hotel
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Good Wife star Alan Cumming said it is 'wonderful' for Ireland that Leo Varadkar looks set to be appointed the next Taoiseach.

The Scottish actor was expressing his fears for the gay community in the United States under the leadership of President Donald Trump.

On Friday, Leo Varadkar received the support of 51 TDs, senators and MEP, and was named the new leader of Fine Gael.

Speaking at annual Kerry festival Listowel Writers' Week, Cumming, who lives in New York with his husband Grant said: "Right now Trump is so vulnerable and scared. If pouncing on the gays would make him more popular he will do that.

Alan in Listowel Park
Alan in Listowel Park

"By the way how wonderful is it you have a gay Taoiseach as of tonight," he said.

The actor took the ferry from Wales with his dog Lala to promote his latest book of stories and photography 'You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams' at the famous Kerry literary festival.

In conversation with RTE 2FM's Rick O'Shea, Cumming opened up about the perils of being famous and said he lives with a "huge level" of self awareness when in public.

"When I try to describe to people what it's like to be famous I always say you live with a huge level of self consciousness every time you leave your home.

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"I'm actually very good at saying to people I don't want to take a photo with you. I say it in certain situations because I feel like if I take a photo with you I'll have to take a photo with every single person in this room. Sometimes you just want to enjoy dinner or a concert. I shake their hand and I try to make them understand what my position is. I take selfies all the time I have nothing against it but in certain situations I think it's unfair. If you go to a certain place and you're there to be famous then absolutely that's what you're there for and that is your job. Other times you just want to be a normal person."

The actor is best known of late for his role as Eli Gold in The Good Wife but said he won't be reprising his role in its spin off series The Good Fight.

"I was Googling myself as I do from time to time and all I was reading was they were desperate for Eli to come back and I was thinking 'They haven't called me'. I didn't want to do it and then I did. I love my on - screen daughter Christine so much. I don't think it will happen now because of my new show Instincts, I don't think I can."

The actor spent his time in the north Kerry town exploring the local park and practising yoga with his dog Lala in Listowel Arms Hotel.

Alan in Listowel Arms Hotel
Alan in Listowel Arms Hotel

The actor said he took inspiration from Irish author Colm Toibin during his trip to Ireland.

"I went to a talk yesterday with Colm Toibin and he made a really good point. He said 'always finish everything'. I've taken that to heart. I have a computer full of half finished things that I'm determined to get done now," said Cumming.

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