Russell Brand: Katy makes the decisions at home
March 25th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Russell Brand: Katy makes the decisions at home

Russell Brand plays an eccentric billionaire coping with love and alcohol in the upcoming comedy "Arthur," and the actor can relate to both themes in real life.

A former alcohol and drug abuser, the Brit comic has been clean and sober for eight years and still attends AA meetings three times a week.

Read the full interview with Russell Brand in Details

"The only way to cope is with a program," he tells Details of handling addiction. "If you stop doing the recovery, even eating too much chocolate, something will flare up, and I know where that leads, because I've been there before. To me, the gravity is heroin, and then death. You know, to sleep."

While Arthur may have a tricky time finding true love, Brand is nicely settled into married life with singer Katy Perry, whom he wed last October.

"There are a lot of areas where I've simply relinquished decision-making," he says. "It really does make my mates laugh, though. I do not go with the flow. I quarrel with flows. I build dams. I drain lakes. I split oceans when required."

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  1. d

    still thinks he looks like a goat.... katy perry was better off with travie mccoy doing drugs then with this alcoholic.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Henry

    Russell you suck Katy needs to date me!

    March 27, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    The trailer for Arthur got no laughs in the theatre I saw it in. He speaks as incoherently in that article as Charlie Sheen.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. mejazzbo

    I can't wait to see the new "Arthur". He is perfect for the part as Dudley Moore was for the original. Bound to be a lot of laughs in this modern version.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. moribundman

    Lieutenant Saavik wasn't a pig. ;-)

    March 26, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ashleigh

    OMG!
    He is so ugly, look like he's on drugs or something.
    I dunno why Katy Perry wants to marry him, I guess she's blinded by love...
    I doubt their marriage will last forever, I give them 5 years, they'd probably be divorced...

    March 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ken

    Of course she does, she's the one with the energy and the talent. Frankly, Russell Brand has done little to impress me or anyone else.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oregon68

    He does look a bit like an align. Katy...with a voice like that, who cares. She's fantastic.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. glee sux

    10 bucks says she does A2M

    March 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. djmc32

    And vegas mama,if you have trouble spelling easy words,i don't blame your husband for not letting you run things.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. djmc32

    Lol,amen truth,perry is a wildabeast,and that 100% success rate?nothing is 100%,but it does kill me to see so many people willing to hope a man fails.haters waste our time.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. glee sux

    I would let Katy make some decisions, but what hole I stick it in would always be my decision

    March 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superhiro

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy looks not unlike an alien?

    March 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LondonLinda

    What a funny, funny guy. Saw him on LKL before he retired. Sharp, quick wit. Lovely person. Sobriety has given him back the life he truly deserves. He's keeping it by giving it away. Thrilled for him!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T Diddy

    Remaking Arthur is one of the worst ideas from hollywood! I hope the movie fails and everyone involved with the movie is somehow cursed with Dudley Moore's laughing in their ears that never goes away. These movie studios can't do anything original anymore.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jeff

    1st off, good luck with AA meetings and staying sober.
    2nd, I'd let Katy be the power of the home to.. Duh...
    3rd, I do wonder how long this marriage wil last though.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. vyhawk

    I commend Russell Brand on his 8 yrs. have 16 because of AA and NA. AND HE IS TALENTED AND FUNNY. AND I WISH HE AND KATY MUCH HAPPINESS. ,...,,,,....,,.,.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rocky

    "Don't worry, Mr. Simms. I look weird, but otherwise I'm real normal. Everything'll be cool."

    Mask Refrence killed me. Very nicely done.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. TipToe thru the Tulips

    Reminds me of a skinny Tiny-Tim.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  20. vegasmama50

    SMART MAN LETTING HER RUN THE HOUSE, WISH MY HUSBAND LEARD THAT LESSON!!! WE WOULD BE A LOT BETTER OFF!!

    March 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. eldon

    whoever said they wouldn't do katy perry doesn't like women

    March 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. JJDLS

    He gives me the creeps, I wouldn't let him make any decisions either he seems like a moron; but good for him on 8 yrs sober

    March 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jersey Dude

    Every time i see this guy I gotta take a hot shower....twice!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • l0bster

      perhaps you should quit playing with yourself when you see this guy

      March 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Eric Nicolas

    To all those who make fun of this guy: He's doing Katy Perry and you're not.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      I wouldn't do katy perry with your hardware.
      Just sayin

      March 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • SgB

      ha eric! all the haters talking bout dudley and liza cant handle a limey hippie hittin a pretty lil white girl. russ funny as hell

      March 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MamaMia

    He's still a junkie, I did crack with him 2 weeks ago.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  26. derp

    A cross between cher and frankenstien

    March 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. eldon

    he looks like Rocky Dennis

    March 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny5

      What's the matter, never seen anyone from the planet Vulcan before?
      -Mask

      March 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. LBW

    She is dressing him better.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  29. Rob

    Why Katy? Why that dude? He is soooo not cool!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  30. Observer

    Katy Perry is a liberal stooge.
    Just sayin.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  31. the_dude

    Who is this tard?

    March 25, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  32. Steve

    Dr Mr. Brand,
    YOU'RE NOT FUNNY!!!!

    Signed,
    The Society for the Preservation of Real Comedians

    March 25, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • SgB

      maybe you should stick to renting old jerry lewis "films" and reruns of the dean martin celbrity roast. contemporary comedy is not held to a reaganesque censorship and is actually relevant to what's going on in society. russel brand will not be doing any jimmy duranty skits or liza minelli prat falls (oops maybe she was just stinking drunk).

      March 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jae

      Wow! And here I thought taste in comedy was an individual taste - like art and music and food. Good to know there's someone out there who makes the determination for all of us. (If allowed an opinion, mine is that Russell Brand is one of the most intelligent, funniest people around, and endlessly interesting. He is also capable of contemplating some of the larger issues in life in a rather serious way. Rock on, Russell!)

      March 29, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Head Diva In Charge

    I hate to be doom and gloom (well, no I don't), but I wonder how long he will last "sober" now that he is at the top of the food chain in Hollywood.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Dillinger

      He's been at the top in London for quite sometime now, he's no stranger to being in the spotlight or success, and America gets drank under the table when it comes to over-seas, I'm sure he won't have a problem with this pathetic party scene we have here in the states. Funny guy, Katy perry is smoking hot. Good for him, stay up homie.

      March 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. mike

    This movie never should have been remade. Its a shame.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  35. Why?

    Why remake this movie? They certainly wont do better than Liza and Dudley.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Have you seen the trailer with Jennifer Garner where he's scared to death of her? They walk out of the restaurant and he's asking the other customers to help him get away from her. It's hilarious! It looks like the rare remake where it's funnier than the original and I'm really looking forward to it.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SgB

      liza minelli sucks...sucked way back when, sucked in arthur and sucks now. sickening untalented drunk. dudley moore was ok, his "arthur" was bad. by the time he made it he was almost irrelevant, and liza minelli was most certainly never relevant outside of gay circles and "hepcat" old people clubs. at least russel brand is fresh and funny. but i agree they shoud have never rehashed a bad movie to begin with.

      March 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. www.monogrammedeverything.com

    Really weird couple, in general...

    March 25, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  37. FRAN

    At first did not get this guy but he is actually pretty funny and a good actor.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      His interview on Larry King was genius. One of the funniest pieces of live TV I've ever seen.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  38. The Malibu Messiah

    A little torpedo of truth for ya...AA has a 5% success rate.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Destiny

      Is that you Charlie ? Give the guy a break. He's doing great and it's working for him. He must be in that 5%. Give credit when credit is due.

      March 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Jaros

      I am also a member of AA and that is statistic is a distortion and not based on fact in any way. If you actually work and complete the 12 steps of AA it has a 100% success rate. If you merely attend an AA group and do not complete the 12 steps maybe 5% is accurate. It is like saying someone enrolled in college that does notattend classes and do thier homework won't learn anything duh!

      March 25, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel F

      Success rate...meaning someone goes and stays sober indefinately...then yes 5% sounds accurate. I relapsed twice in the program but now have over a year of sobriety...maybe I'm not that 5% of success....but considering I couldn't go more than 4 days without a drink...and then after going to meetings I went 3 months...then 6 months....now I'm over a year... that may not put me in the success category of 5%, but the peace of mind, serenity, and happiness that I have in my life now is better than being part of a statistic. Also, even though the percentage is low....AA still has the highest rate of success than any other way of ceasing alcohol use.

      March 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Congrats, Rachel! Keep it up!

      March 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SgB

      aa is for quitters

      March 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Hey Malibu MEssiah...don't knock it until you try it.

      March 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Me

    8 yrs, good for you! Pat yourself on the back!! Keep it up!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |

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