Russell Being Branded?
In films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To the Greek, we can see a trend emerging of the roles that Brand is perhaps suited to because of his wild past. The star, however, is not worried.
Speaking to Shortlist, he said, “Down the road I will do different roles. But think of it – who are the best comic actors there have ever been? Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Woody Allen…Jim Carrey – you know what’s funny about him and what you want to see him do. Often, when those people go, ‘Right in this film, I’m going to be completely different.’ You think, ‘No you fucking aint! Do The Mask 4!’”
Conceding that he is at the beginning of his career, a similar string of roles is to be expected, he feels – especially from the background he hails from, “I’m at the very beginning of my career as a film actor…It’s difficult because I come from TV in England and tabloids so people can go, ‘Oh he did take drugs, he does like women.’”
Let’s hope his more controlled lifestyle can unlock eclectic film roles in the future.