Russell Brand has a new movie, a hot new wife and a nasty addiction. But that's why we love him.
Here are the highlights of his hilarious interview:
On his marriage to Katy:
“At once the most mundane and spectacular thing in the world. There are a lot of areas where I’ve simply relinquished decision-making. It really does make my mates laugh, though.”
On being cast in Forgetting Sarah Marshall:
"Aldous Snow was initially written as a proper English chap, a writer. We were convinced the casting director had played a gag on us,” says director Nicholas Stoller. “The hair, makeup, clothes—I think he had 18 belts on? Jason [Segel, the film’s star and screenwriter] asked Brand about the role, and he said he’d ‘had a cursory glance’—what a thing to say to a director and writer. Asked about improv, it was as if he’d never heard of that either. Then he started in. When he left, Jason got up and did a jig.” The part was rewritten.
On his tabloid-fueled rocker-sex-god persona:
“Well, it seems obvious that to turn myself into a character—incredibly theatrical and rock-and-roll and languid and sexualized—was to emphasize areas where I was confident, to draw the eye from the obvious deficit of a man only just getting over being a junkie. I’ve very confident in the physical manifestation of a rocker. And there are aphorisms I still deem tight: the carnal self is the true self. In that barbaric, marauding period of promiscuity, there was a type of Aleister Crowley ‘Do what thou wilt’ as the sum of the law. That voice you use when you come? I was using it to perform. Not some distant, attic-dwelling emotion brought out occasionally, like a front room you never use except when the vicar visits. I was in there fucking all the time.”
On coping with addiction:
“The only way to cope is with a program. If you stop doing recovery, even eating too much chocolate, something will flare up, and I know where that leads, because I’ve been there before. To me, gravity is heroin, and then death.”