"Think I Can Play This Part": Alan Cumming Cast in "Goodbye Girl" TV Remake

News   "Think I Can Play This Part": Alan Cumming Cast in "Goodbye Girl" TV Remake Alan Cumming, recently a presenter on the 2003 Tony Awards telecast, will be part of the upcoming TV remake of "The Goodbye Girl" for the TNT Network.

Variety reports that the Tony Award-winning actor will play Off-Broadway director Mark Bodine in the Neil Simon classic, which was a hit 1977 movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason as a pair of unexpected roommates and, eventually, unlikely lovers. Paul Benedict played the role of the Off-Broadway director in the original film. Playwright Simon has updated the script for the TV version, which began filming in New York and Vancouver this month. As previously announced, the upcoming TNT movie will star Patricia Heaton as Paula McFadden and Jeff Daniels as Elliot Garfield. Bernadette Peters and Martin Short played those roles in the 1993 Broadway musical, which featured a score by Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel. Both Peters and Short were Tony-nominated for their performances.

A Tony Award winner for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway revival of Cabaret, Alan Cumming was recently back on the New York stage in the Art Party's mounting of Elle. The Scottish-born thespian has also appeared in such films as "Eyes Wide Shut," "Circle of Friends," Lion King director Julie Taymor's feature-film debut "Titus," "Spy Kids" and "The Anniversary Party" — which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred with Cabaret co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh. Cumming also appeared in the recent film "Nicholas Nickleby," and his debut book, "Tommy's Tale," is now in stores.