Cumming Almost Snubbed Good Wife Role

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March 29, 2012 | 7:31am EST

Alan Cumming initially wanted to turn down his role in The Good Wife – because he struggled to understand the complicated script.
The Scottish actor wasn’t interested in playing spin doctor Eli Gold in the hit legal drama and only considered joining the cast on the advice of his manager.

He tells Britain’s Metro, “They initially only asked me to do one or two episodes of the show, and, to be honest, I didn’t really want to. I read the script and I didn’t understand it. But my manager said I should do it – and that’s what you pay a manager for, to force you to do things you don’t realize are a great idea.”

Cumming also admits he didn’t do any research into playing a campaign stategist, adding, “None at all… I actually think my lack of knowledge in the field is quite good; people give me the material and I just fake it.”

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