Russell Brand talks in Details Magazine about his latest Arthur movie.
On his tabloid-fueled rocker-sex-god persona: “Well, it seems obvious that to turn myself into a characterincredibly theatrical and rock-and-roll and languid and sexualizedwas to emphasize areas where I was confident, to draw the eye from the obvious deficit of a man only just getting over being a junkie. I’m very confident in the physical manifestation of a rocker. And there are aphorisms I still deem tight: the carnal self is the true self. In that barbaric, marauding period of promiscuity, there was a type of Aleister Crowley Do what thou wilt as the sum of the law. That voice you use when you come? I was using it to perform. Not some distant, attic-dwelling emotion brought out occasionally, like a front room you never use except when the vicar visits. I was in there fucking all the time.”
On coping with addiction: “The only way to cope is with a program. If you stop doing recovery, even eating too much chocolate, something will flare up, and I know where that leads, because I’ve been there before. To me, gravity is heroin, and then death.”