Alan Cumming turns Smurf into Scottish ‘numpty’ for new movie

Scottish actor Alan Cumming has used his own accent – and one of our nation’s best insults – to spice up the movie version of The Smurfs coming out next month.

Cumming, well known for roles in movies such as X-Men 2 and Goldeneye, provided the voice of Gutsy, one of the few Smurfs created specifically for the new movie.

Gutsy is clad in a kilt and has a thick Scottish accent, and Cumming was able to contribute an insult for the character to use in the CGI-heavy movie. He explained: “Numpty is a very good word, a very onomatopoeic insult.

"Not a lot of people say it anymore; it's kind of an old-fashioned Scottish word, so I thought it would be perfect.

"Then when I realized how much it was in the film and everything I thought 'I'm re-introducing this word into the lexicon.' I'm sort of an ambassador for the Scottish language."

According to the producers Gutsy was added to provide the Smurf troop with an action hero. Not exactly noted for his brooding machismo, Cumming noted: "It's kind of ironic that I've been brought in to 'butch up' the Smurfs."

He added: "I rarely play someone Scottish. At least I didn't have to be nervous about vowel sounds as I often am in my life."

The Smurfs is out in UK cinemas on August 10, and concerns the little blue oiks trying to find their way out of New York after getting chased by the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria).

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