Your take on Russell Brand
Russell Brand: comic genius or non-funny sleazoid undeserving of our attention? That's the question I'm asking you to answer today. But before you do, consider a bit of Brand's backstory.
Although he emerged as a comedic force in Great Britain in the early '00s, most Americans didn't know who he was until he hilariously slithered his way onto the big screen in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," in the role of pompous, preening rock god Aldous Snow.
The guy -- who happens to house a bird's nest and, possibly, a few other zoo animals in the crown of his frizzed-out hairdo -- pretty much stole the movie. Yanks started to think he was cool. Then some weird stuff started to happen.
A few months after "Sarah Marshall's" release, Brand hosted the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, where he compared Britney Spears to Jesus, referred to then-President George W. Bush as a "retarded cowboy fella" and busted on the Jonas Brothers for their commitment to purity. Reviews of his performance were more than a little mixed, but the VMA ratings went way up.
That same year, Brand also stepped down from his role as a BBC radio host after he and Jonathan Ross prank-called former "Fawlty Towers" star Andrew Sachs and made inappropriate references to his granddaughter.
Then earlier this year, the man who has "won" the Shagger of the Year award so many times by British tabloid The Sun that they've actually renamed the award in his honor, announced his engagement to pop star Katy Perry, a coupling that seemed unexpected to some, and downright gag-worthy to others.
Now, after all that, Brand is slipping back into the leather pants of Aldous Snow, reprising the character that first earned him attention in America, in the comedy "Get Him to the Greek." And guess what? He's getting very positive reviews so far. "Brand seems comfortable and confident throughout, and the stand-up comic shows he's capable of more than just earning laughs," writes the Christy Lemire of the Associated Press. "'Get Him to the Greek,' is a mess, but an amiable and occasionally uproarious one due mostly to Russell Brand’s reprising of his role as Aldous Snow," adds Robert Wilonsky of the Village Voice. (The Post's review will appear later this week.)
So back to that question, fellow Celebritologists: What do you make of Russell Brand? Is the guy a talented author, actor and stand-up artist, or just, well, kinda gross at this point? (Me? I'm veering toward talented, with the admission that he may have some gross tendencies.) You tell us in the comments.
| June 2, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
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