March 3, 2024

Alan Cumming: I feel like Bond villain in US Traitors

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Scottish actor Alan Cumming says working on the US version of The Traitors makes him feel like a “James Bond villain.”.

However, Cumming, who actually appeared in 1995 Bond film Goldeneye, says the producers of the reality show wanted him to “camp it up” and host it as an over-the-top character.

So he adopts an eccentric Scottish accent, quotes Shakespeare, and pokes fun at the contestants, but Cumming says he is still heavily invested in the drama, which he watches on live feeds in his dressing room.

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“I can see them. I do feel like a James Bond villain,” he says while laughing and stroking an imaginary cat, mimicking one of 007’s most famous adversaries, Ernst Blofeld.

Furthermore, In fact, Cumming says that when he accepted the role, he suggested that he could bring his dog to stroke menacingly instead.

The idea was not taken up for the first series because his dog Lala could not travel to Scotland for the filming.
“My dog’s in the second one,” Cumming says with a smile.

Season two of the US version of The Traitors is currently airing at the same time as the UK version, hosted by Claudia Winkleman on BBC One.

Both are filmed at Ardross Castle in Easter Ross and involve “faithful” contestants trying to discover and eliminate the traitors in their midst.

Cumming hosts the US version wearing increasingly flamboyant costumes, with accessories added as each episode progresses.

In conclusion, He tells BBC Scotland’s The Edit his exaggerated Scottish accent is “me playing Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek playing Alan Cumming”.

SOURCE : BBC NEWS

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