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Russell Brand's Guide to Threesomes, Pissing Off Christians and Breaking Up Oasis

How the star of 'Get Him to the Greek' made himself into the wildest onscreen rock star in history

April 23, 2010 8:00 AM ET

British comedian Russell Brand returns as Aldous Snow, the funniest Hollywood rock star spoof since Spinal Tap, in Get Him to The Greek on June 4th. After revealing his plan to save the music industry (see reason Number 31 in our latest issue) and bringing much-needed levity to Idol Gives Back, Brand talked about playing an over-the-top rock maniac, breaking up Oasis and the inherent danger of the male-male-female threesome.

How did you get the part of Aldous Snow in the first place?

When I first auditioned for Forgetting Sarah Marshall I was just sort of being myself. The character was going to be a writer, not a rock star. But when Jason Segel and Nick Stoller, the director, saw my audition they thought, "Trying to make this man act is beyond us, but he does have something." So they changed the character and the things I just do anyway were suddenly appropriate.

Get Him to the Greek is a much darker movie than Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Was this a hard place for you to go as an actor?

Actually it was. It's supposed to be all this sense-memory business, but if you're doing a scene where you need someone to, say, score you smack, I mean that happened to me before. These are situations that I have personal references for so yeah, sometimes work put me in a dark frame of mind.

The darkest scene of all is the threesome...

Imagine that, right. I would urge people, men especially, unless they're bisexual, to avoid the two-male threesome. You're essentially getting less there than you would have got anyway. Half the involvement in sex and at least doubled the risk of someone farting in the room. And the constant threat of what I know as nut brush.

Please explain the nut brush.

Nut brush is the phenomena where if you take a threesome to its natural conclusion you may very well find your testicles being impeached by another man's testicles. That's not my idea of a party.

Speaking from personal experience?

Matter of fact I am. Once me and my mate went through a stage, I dunno why, circumstances or something, where we slept with this same girl a few times. It never ended well. One occasion I accidentally got some sperm on his leg. He responded in a way that was a sort of tit for tat mentality that led to war all over the world. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Thank God it wasn't his eye that the sperm got in, otherwise I'd be talking to you from behind dark glasses and getting paid for every gig in dollar bills.

Was there a moment in the movie where you felt like Aldous was taking over a little bit and Russell was fading into the background?

When I did this, I thought this is a freebie. I get to indulge. I can never take drugs or drink again, it really is one day at a time for me, but in the movie I got to let go, give in a little bit to the dark side. You know when Darth Vader goes to Luke, "Give in to the Dark Side." And Luke can't. I always think, "Go on Luke, give in to the Dark Side." It's all right in there in this film.

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