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Alan Cumming is currently fighting off a Shakespearian 'Tempest' on screens across the country as Sebastian, son of the King of Naples. This isn't the first time he's gotten involved with director Julie Taymor's twist on the Bard's thrills -- he also played the ridiculous and flamboyant Saturninus in Taymor's 1999 film, 'Titus.'

In fact, for the most part, we know Alan Cumming as the outstandingly flamboyant funny man. It has been that way since his early acting days. After a stint as a wood cutter in 'Take the High Road' all the way back in 1980, Cumming entertained a number of television and indie film stints that finally brought him to fly the skies and complain about sweat in the short-lived Scottish comedy, 'The High Life' in 1995.

That same year, he appeared in the role that brought him Stateside recognition and a Hollywood career. However, while UK audiences were becoming familiar with his pizazz and charisma, one role -- his best -- required him to bottle it up and replace his camp leanings with disgusting lasciviousness -- Sean Walsh in 'Circle of Friends.'
Circle Of Friends
PG-131995
Based on 19 critics

Three young Irishwomen carry their grade-school friendship to college in 1957 Dublin. Read More

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