A CERTAIN BRAND OF HUMOUR
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.”