Russell Brand talks about his role in the Adam Sandler film
Russell Brand has been a hot comedy property after his hilarious turn in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Now he's starring alongside another comedy great in Adam Sandler with Bedtime Stories, which hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on April 7. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment sent along a brief interview with Brand talking about the film, and here's what he had to say.
How was the sci-fi robot costume you wear in Bedtime Stories?
Russell Brand: Being a golden robot as I was in this film was difficult because they are very diligent and assiduous with the make-up job, even painting the inside of my mouth golden! In spite of what we learned from Goldfinger that covering a person's body in gold paint can lead to death. There was one area of skin that had not been covered in gold paint. I went for a wee at one point and saw a golden robot alone doing a wee in a trailer and my genitals looked ridiculous! Also you are forced into quadriplegic acceptance by the intensity of the make-up job, imprisoned as it were in a shell of immobility. You also have to have your meals through a straw and I just sat and watched Mike Leigh films in my trailer. Then I would forget what I was doing because I would be getting into Secrets and Lies or something and then I'd see myself in the mirror and go...wooohhh! I'm a golden robot!
For Bedtime Stories did you have to rein in your more adult comic leanings? And is there an R-rated version of the film?
Russell Brand: That would be inappropriate to have an R-rated version of a Disney film, it may damage the marketing procedures for this, the main one. For me the parameters were quite helpful in that it stops you from going to your typical comedic go-to places. Generally I find when doing comedy that it helps to dismiss the first 10 thoughts that I have in case they lead to a quagmire. But it is not mentally hard because in my life I have friends who have kids. Mainly what was good was that working with Adam Sandler and the others was educational. I loved it really. It is really nice to see myself doing something in a film and it is not all rude.
How would you describe the Adam Sandler factor?
Russell Brand: I have a very intelligent and risky answer...I think that Adam Sandler is how America likes to see itself. It is a powerful country, charismatic, attractive, occasionally makes mistakes but eventually puts them right.
What do you think of the power of comedy and why did you start doing stand-up?
Russell Brand: I was training to be a normal actor out of drama school where they taught the likes of Paul Bettany and Colin Firth how to do the acting that they now do so well. I was trying my hardest to do serious acting but always people would laugh at that acting. That hurt my feelings. So I thought if I can rework this as something that is supposed to elicit laughter it will be good for my ego. It turns out it was!
While you were making Bedtime Stories what lengths did you have to go to watch West Ham's soccer games? And did the others understand your passion?
Russell Brand: Yeah they did because Adam Sandler is obsessed with sport. In fact it seemed to be prioritised over making the film! There were screens everywhere showing basketball and football games and stuff like that - next to the monitor that I was trying my hardest to do my acting on. I would ask if my acting was all right and they say that they'd just scored a hoop or they have done a touch down. So they did understand the significance of West Ham United in my life. Seeing the matches was difficult, you have to watch them a lot on the internet. But in the USA some of the sports TV channels show games on a Saturday so you can get some. Plus on Sky Plus Match of the Day and Sunday Supplement are available, so I can see a lot of comment. But the understanding of sport was one of the things that made me very comfortable in that environment and enhanced my masculinity! (jokes) Sport? I like sport too, we are not so different! (jokes) Give us a cuddle! Give us a movie! And he did because it turns out that one of my next movies will be produced by Adam Sandler. In that movie I play a con man who is trying to get away from some gangsters and is posing as a priest in a small American town. It's bloody deep! (jokes)
When are you going to make a drama in the USA?
Russell Brand: Probably the next time I make a phone call over there. (jokes) I m doing The Tempest - that's dramatic, Shakespeare wrote that! As soon as someone in the USA gives me a chance I'll be all over it, I would love to do a drama.
Bedtime Stories, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 7.