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Russell Brand Dishes on His Past in Elle

Russell Brand Dishes on His Wild Past — Fascinating or TMI?

Russell Brand has been sharing a great deal about his personal life in the run-up to the release of his new film, Arthur, on April 8. The movie features Russell playing the title role of a drunken playboy. It was a challenge for Russell, who's famously a recovered sex and heroin addict. He opened up to Elle magazine about the unique bizarreness of tackling such a part, letting fans know a little about what his life was like before recovery. He said:

  • On Dudley Moore's performance in the original Arthur: "He played drunk as sweet and affable. Really, alcohol in the film facilitates clowning. I was a very different kind of an alcoholic. I was much more an oaf, smashing stuff up and crying and causing problems."
  • On being in recovery and playing someone who's not: "It was very strange. I kept little plastic bottle of booze around the set that I'd smell before each take. That really helped me because I've got huge emotional resources to call upon."
  • On his past promiscuity: "A friend of mine once said, 'You are devoted to your lover, but she has a thousand faces . . . If she's not there, you must call her, for you have to see her . . . three, four times a day — making love with your lover of a thousand faces.' That's how he described my epic promiscuity."


  • He's very open about the struggles he endured to due sex and drug abuse, and tell us what you think of his candid comments — fascinating or TMI?

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    littlemunchkin littlemunchkin 6 years
    I really used to dislike Russell, but I don't know whether its since he has been with Katy, I have warmed to him. And it must have been really hard playing a drunk, when you're a recovering alcoholic! He certainly has been through a lot and seems to have changed. Deep down I think he is a sweet man.
    rgrl rgrl 6 years
    I think he's semi- funny, but I want to know... how did he find all those women to sleep with him? Five a day, I mean... really! Unless they were hookers, I don't think so!
    Burkina Burkina 6 years
    I love Russel. Funny, honest and he seems to have a good heart. Its a shame what he went through at a young age.
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