WATCH: Alan Cumming on President Obama’s ‘Disappointing’ Debate

Alan Cumming at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Alan Cumming is disappointed by President Obama’s performance in last week’s debate.

“Maybe he was tired, he just didn’t do very well. I was disappointed I think everyone was. I think he was a little on the back foot,” says the Scottish actor.

He adds: “It’s certainly revitalized Democrats because they’re thinking ‘oops’ [Mitt] Romney’s got more of a chance now.” (Watch interview with Alan Cumming below:)


The actor is an Obama supporter and very excited that he’ll be able to vote next month for the first time in a U.S. presidential election.

He wasn’t able to vote in 2008 because he wasn’t yet a U.S. citizen.

Cumming, who lives in New York, is very civic minded when it comes to voting.

He says: “I have joint citizenship. I still have a place in Britain but I have made my base here. I am very active in the society here and voting is a very big part of that.”

And he’s definitely not a Romney fan: “I would be appalled to think that Mitt Romney would be the next president of this country,” he says.

Cumming was talking politics at the Hamptons International Film Festival where he was promoting his new film Any Day Now, a picture which he describes as a “gay Down’s Syndrome weepie.”

It’s a film set in 1970s Los Angeles and it charts the struggles of a gay couple, Rudy and Paul, to gain custody of a teenager with Down’s Syndrome.

Cumming plays Rudy, a drag performer, who’s a principled man determined to do all he can to be a strong parent. But he has to battle bureaucracy and a virulent homophobia. (Watch Cumming’s comments about his new movie below.)


Any Day Now is heartfelt and engaging – and although it’s a period piece it still has topicality with its portrayal of the challenges facing gay people who want to adopt.

Cumming believes the film deals with several important issues and prejudices. He says: “There’s a big taboo around gay people and children which I think is so heinous and actually factually totally incorrect – so there’s that kind of prejudice.”

Any Day Now’s cast is solid – and Alan Cumming gives a strong performance — both with his character’s drag act — and as parent.

The film will be released in December with the hope of it becoming a possible awards contender.