A CER­TAIN BRAND OF HU­MOUR

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - FILM -

Any­one who has wit­nessed the un­con­trolled he­do­nism of rock gods at their worst will recog­nise the cer­ti­fi­able, sex­u­ally vo­ra­cious and overly med­i­cated Al­dous Snow and his band, In­fant Sor­row.

He’s a lit­tle bit of Mick Jag­ger mixed with Syd Bar­rett and Ozzy Os­bourne. Brand him­self is said to have based Snow on peo­ple like Noel Gal­lagher.

The newly-branded Brand – a big-haired bo­hemian Brit at large in La-La Land, flavour of the month and in big de­mand – has en­joyed a rapid rise in just four years. He knows it. Are his com­ments drawn from an out-of-con­trol ego or just wink-wink hu­mour? It’s hard to tell. One thing’s for sure, he’s en­joy­ing it while it lasts.

“I think this film will go down as a his­tor­i­cal arte­fact. Alien schol­ars in 5,000 years will look at it and say: ‘This is what hu­mankind was like in 2010!’”

Get Him to the Greek (15) is on na­tion­wide re­lease.

Born in Es­sex in 1975, Rus­sell Brand was raised by his mother. She and Brand’s fa­ther di­vorced just six months af­ter he was born.

Dur­ing a trau­matic child­hood he was sex­u­ally abused at the age of seven and saw his mother suf­fer uter­ine and breast can­cer.

Brand had his first taste of the lime­light when he played Fat Sam in a school pro­duc­tion of Bugsy Malone, aged 15.

He has had a var­ied ca­reer as pre­sen­ter, ac­tor and stand-up. He en­tered the main­stream as an MTV pre­sen­ter in 2000 and be­came a house­hold name when he fronted E4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth in 2004.

A stint at the BBC was abruptly ended when he and Jonathan Ross made ob­scene calls to Faulty Tow­ers ac­tor An­drew Sachs dur­ing a Ra­dio 2 show.

A frank and funny, but at times har­row­ing, ac­count of his life so far is doc­u­mented in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, My Booky Wook.

Al­co­holism, drug abuse, sex ad­dic­tion, self harm and bu­limia all colour Brand’s past but he has been clean since 2002 and is now en­gaged to Amer­i­can singer Katy Perry. The re­la­tion­ship has been the fo­cus of huge me­dia at­ten­tion.

In his own words: “For me hap­pi­ness oc­curs ar­bi­trar­ily: a moment of eye con­tact on a bus, where all at once you fall in love; or a frozen sec­ond in a park where it’s enough that there are trees in the world.”

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