Alan Cumming Says X-Men Sequel “X2” Is an Allegory About Queerness: “It’s the Gayest Film That I’ve Ever Done”

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2003 ‘X2’ was a highly praised movie on its release for its acting, action sequences, and storyline, with critics applauding its tight script, strong performances, and ambitious scope. Empire hailed it as the greatest comic book movie of its time, and Wizard ranked its ending among the top cliffhangers in cinema history.

The movie was also notable for its nods toward outcasts, teens, gays, and minorities, and Alan Cumming seems to agree with this underlying theme since he called the movie “one of the gayest” he has ever done.

Cumming recently promoted an upcoming reality competition called ‘The Traitor’ in which he serves as a host. In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, he confirmed what fans have long suspected.

[It’s] the gayest film that I’ve ever done. ‘It’s got a queer director, lots of queer actors in it. I love the fact that something so mainstream and so in the comic book world is so queer.

He went on to describe the whole movie as an allegory for queerness:

I think, in a way, those sorts of films really help people understand queerness, because you can address it in an artistic way, and everyone is less scared of the concept.It’s an allegory about queerness, about people having these great gifts and really great, powerful things that they have to hide to exist. Queer people understand what that’s all about.

Cumming who plays Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in the movie has been “out” since 1998 coming out as bisexual at the age of 33. He explained that he decided to discuss it publicly since there was so much speculation about it. Cumming came out during the time when it was much more dangerous and it could have cost him his career. Recently, Matt Bomer claimed that the fact that he was outed as a gay man cost him his Superman role in the canceled movie, so times have definitely changed.

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