Russell Brand Looks Back On His Carefree Rioting Days


While most of us associate him with Get Him To The Greek or making love to Katy Perry, there’s another role Russell Brand’s U.K. riot comments are introducing to the world: anarchist rioter. Brand wrote an essay for the Guardian UK, in which the British comedian admits “I should here admit that I have been arrested for criminal damage for my part in anti-capitalist protest earlier in this decade. I often attended protests and then, in my early 20s, and on drugs, I enjoyed it when the protests lost direction and became chaotic, hostile even.” Russell, no! You’re going to ruin the legacy of Hop for everybody! Or at least the eight people who saw it!

We’ve read about Russell Brand’s drug addiction and other dark elements of his past, but this seems like a new wrinkle in the man who would be Arthur. “I found those protests exciting, yes, because I was young and a bit of a twerp but also, I suppose, because there was a void in me,” the comedian writes, before admitting “I don’t know enough about politics to ponder a solution and my hands are sticky with blood money from representing corporate interests through film, television and commercials.” Not as sticky as the high jinks Russell gets into in Rock of Ages, coming out summer 2012. Just kidding, though Brand tries to make Hop 2, we will start flipping over cars ourselves.

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