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

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You've hung out with musicians for most of your career — any particular persona you based Snow on?

In terms of being a rock star, my influences were people that I'm mates with, like Noel Gallagher for instance. From him you get that kind of nonchalance, that sense of entitlement. I once asked him, "How come you're so mouthy and rude to everybody?" and he said that he knew that no matter what happened, if he could still play guitar he was going to go on booking gigs and making money. So it was that sort of self-assuredness that rock stars have. Also there's that sense of arrested development. Because rock stars get rich very young a lot of times it's like they don't have that any social awareness. Pete Doherty for example, who I know somewhat, he is a poetic person. He gets a horrible rap in all of the British tabloids, but he's one of those sweet, ethereal people – who you should never get in a car with.

But doesn't music need some of these over-the-top characters?

Yeah. They have this attitude that transfers into the laws of physics. You hear about the things Keith Moon did and you think, "I just would die." If I tried to pull a toilet out of the floor, the next thing I would be doing is fumbling on the floor saying, "Ahhh, my back! My back, I've hurt my back! I need to speak to a chiropractor please." But Keith Moon just pulls it out of the floor, throws it right out the window, and goes on with his life – well for a while, and then died.

With the new movie there are so many scenes of debauchery. How much of that was from your life or mined from elsewhere?

Let's be honest, debauchery is not something I like to outsource. Because I'm a comedian, when things are getting debauched, orgiastic and there's narcotic indulgence, it's sort of like, woo hoo, I've won a game show! Whereas with musicians that's the norm. Dave Davies from the Kinks -- his mum caught him in bed with five women when he was 16. He shouldn't have been allowed out after 9 o'clock at that age, and he's in bed with five women. But a lot of my heroes are like Morrissey, guys who soberly and gingerly retire to a room and roll their eyes at the TV set. ??

But that's the exact opposite of what you became...

Yeah, I know, that's extraordinary isn't it? The reason I love Morrissey is because he's the beautification of nerdy incompetence. "If I don't leave my room what will people say? What will they think of me?" Morrissey became the apotheosis of that, bursting out of that bedroom a hero.

When you were hosting the MTV Video Music Awards were there some places you decided that you couldn't go?

Very much. After the first year when I came over all English, and green and naïve, I thought this should be a laugh — MTV, that's edgy. From what I understood of it, what I know now, my definition of edgy and MTV's definition of edgy are different. And I got the death threats to prove it. I learned you don't make jokes about humorless people because they might kill you.

Would that be the Christian right in America?

Yup. Where is the forgiveness? Forgiveness is supposed to be their primal doctrine.

Was it when you compared Britney Spears to Christ that set them off?

Yeah, some of them, I didn't even notice that one, I thought that was just clearly a joke. A lot of the George W. Bush and Jonas Brothers bits too.

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