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That Time Alan Cumming Went With Grandma to an X-Rated Double Feature

When I was about 12 my granny took me to the pictures in Inverness to see a double bill of David Essex films – That’ll Be the Day and Stardust, both of which were X-rated. She somehow persuaded the man at the box office to let us in. I think she just wanted to see the film and I was with her – she was a bit nuts but she was great really, she just went with the flow. I remember being incredibly excited. There was a scene on his wedding night when David Essex shags a bridesmaid in the back of an Escort van. David Essex was very pretty but I think what I liked was the noisy messiness of the sex act. It was lusty and passionate and all, “Excuse me, could you just move that spanner?” It wasn’t all glossy, like everything I’d seen before; it was very British and ordinary, people roughing it, the way I kind of thought it probably would be in real life. It was quite sexy for a 12-year-old boy. Also, it obviously stayed with me because there’s a line Essex said in the film that I still say, kind of as a joke, when directors are chancing it with you and want you to get up really early and work too hard when you’re really tired. Like David, I always say: “I’m an artist, not a machine.”

—Alan Cumming, making so much sense of, well, Alan Cumming [via]

By:           editor editor
On:           Aug 14, 2010
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  • 9 Comments
    • pete
      pete

      He is so bizarre.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • These Feet of Wax
      These Feet of Wax

      God I love that man.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tylertime
      tylertime

      This explains a lot.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Glynn
      Glynn

      don’t get excited – these movies where tame even back in ’73 (and rated PG) but then I suppose he was only 12!

      Aug 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Simon
      Simon

      god i love him.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McMike
      McMike

      I had a champagne breakfast with him once and it was definitely an interesting breakfast…

      Aug 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael
      Michael

      Deep.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PopSnap
      PopSnap

      He’s so weird. I love it.

      Also, this picture is creeping me out? What’s it supposed to be?

      Aug 15, 2010 at 9:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • horus
      horus

      what a sweet story. my grandma was cool too, She helped make me the person I am today.

      Aug 15, 2010 at 10:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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