Interview: Russell Brand of "Get Him to the Greek" — "Danish people have sex like it's table tennis…Mick Jagger is not confused; Morrissey's confused!"
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 07:52:20
"I like you already," Russell Brand exclaims as I sit next to him at The Greek Theater for our interview.
Well, Brand genuinely means it—as what follows is the most hilarious interview I've ever done. He didn't spare anything or anyone, especially me.
Russell Brand easily could've been a rock icon. That's why his performance as Aldous Snow makes Get Him to the Greek the funniest rock 'n' roll film to hit theaters since Spinal Tap. He's got an innate swagger that's as just as vibrant on stage as it is on film, and he never turns it off. Brand's lightning fast wit remains razor sharp, and he never misses an opportunity to crack a joke or say something raunchy and raucously brilliant.
Sharing a row at the Greek Theater with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Russell Brand sat down for an exclusive video interview about why Get Him to the Greek isn't funnier than The Duchess, what would be on Aldous Snow's playlist, his favorite Morrissey lyrics, bands he loves, Stone Temple Pilots and that "little bastard" Lars Ulrich…
Watch the video here and below!
This is the funniest movie I've seen all year…
Is it mate? What else have you seen? Anything good?
Well, I can say it was funnier than The Duchess…
Nothing's funnier than The Duchess—nothing! I refuse to accept that! Come on, Rick. Interview me like it's 1999…
What would be on Aldous Snow's playlist?
Aldous's playlist would have some world music. I've got The Gypsy Kings on there! It'd also have Led Zeppelin, of course. Then it would have Bavarian nursery rhymes and things like that [Laughs]. Aldous would have an iPod from the future. It's a new thing called the iPid. He'd have it inserted just under the eyelid and it beams music directly into your mind. It disrupts your neurological information with records.
There's no Metallica on his playlist?
Alright, yeah, get Metallica! No because of Lars Ulrich—he betrays me, the little bastard! I like him though. He's really funny; he's upbeat. All Danish people are upbeat because all they do is have sex like it's table tennis [Laughs]. They don't care. I'm from Anglo-Saxon background, what's your background?
Right, you like the old sex but you've got the guilt because of the Catholicism. Danish people—they just have sex like it's table tennis. "Yeah, sure come over, we fuck a little bit!" They're not bothered about it. I used to go out with a Danish girl, it was nuts. I was allowed to have sex with all her friends; that was the good part.
Is Aldous Snow more like Mick Jagger or Morrissey?
Jagger! Morrissey's confusing and confused! Mick Jagger is not confused; he's just like a diagonal slash carving its way through a musical abyss. Aldous is like Jagger—from the late '60s, early '70s. Morrissey, even at the beginning—when he was 19—was like, "Oh, I'm so compromised; I'm confused, oh my God." Morrissey is an antithetical pop star. He's an anti-pop star. He's a new paradigm. He's a different icon. Jagger is part of a derivative line that contains all rock frontmen. His iconography is clear. Morrissey is confusing.
What's your favorite Morrissey line?
"If you ever need self-validation, meet me in the alley by the railway station!" or "Each household appliance is like a new science in my town." What's so funny? It's like, "We've got this new washing machine! What does it do?!"
What are you listening to right now?
What was the last bit of music I listened to? The Doors…I'm not up to the minute. I only listen to people that are dead or dying.
Who are your favorite bands?
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Smiths, Oasis, The Libertines—things like that. People that are worried and have got guitars. Do you fancy me? You looked at me a bit sexy then. I noticed it.
Just as a friend.
Cheeky devil, Rick! You looked at me like I was a bloody sex object, but I'm so much more!
I would never objectify you like that. I respect you way too much.
Thanks! We can make this relationship work! Why are you recording this? Don't you realize what these machines do?
I was trying to check the time and make sure I don't go over…
Oh, what a responsible lovely young man. Well done!
Last question, are you Stone Temple Pilots fan? There's a bit of a Scott Weiland-style swagger to Aldous on stage.
I saw Scott Weiland the other day! I like him, I like their artwork, I think they're cool and I'm glad their back. Stone Temple Pilots!