Most British people say "cunt" a lot, but I didn't hear Russell Brand say it once. This polite son-of-a-bitch has been at his acting hustle since he was a wee tyke in jolly olde England, which just goes to show that hard work pays off. The 35-year-old has wrestled with drug addictions, beautiful women, cops, brawny crewmen, and disgruntled audience members alike, but finally stands triumphant with fans on both sides of the pond. He's been fired by MTV, rehired by MTV, and straddled by Kristen Bell; he's won the hand of pop-crusher Katy Perry; and he wears heeled boots even though he's already hella tall. June's Get Him to the Greek places him back in the role of Aldous Snow, the scene-stealing tantric cock-rocker he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall—this time as the leading man. (Jonah Hill's back as well, but somehow as Snow's manager instead of his sycophantic waiter. Guess times have changed.) So, as you'd imagine, there was plenty to discuss. After I interviewed Russell, he took me to a benefit for Transcendental Meditation that was hosted by David Lynch. While we watched folk-rock O.G. Donovan play, Brand stood by content as people clamored to get a word with him. He was the toast of the party, and why not? Everyone loves to laugh—Jessica Rabbit married a goddamned bunny because he was funny. This dude just went and landed himself the real-life version. Good on ya, mate.
Did your dad take you to a brothel when you were a kid?
Russell Brand:
Was that good?
Russell Brand:
How old were you?
Russell Brand:
Where was this?
Russell Brand:Laughs
Did those trips put you on a path to have an insatiable desire? Most men sort of have that anyway, I guess.
Russell Brand:
So are you a sex addict?
Russell Brand:grrrrr, more more more!
Do you think the desire to have sex with tons of women ever goes away, or is it just a bottomless pit?
Russell Brand:
Uh, that's because you're a human male.
Russell Brand:
Have you ever been scared by a woman you were with?
Russell Brand:
One time I was in London and this woman outside a strip club said to me, "How's your stomach, love?"
Russell Brand:
The only thing I could think was that something inside might turn my stomach. But I also didn't know if it was slang or what.
Russell Brand:not
So there was something intense in there.
Russell Brand:Laughs
I might not be here.
Russell Brand:Laughs
A buddy of mine was addicted to heroin and he told me that people who say quitting cigarettes is harder than quitting heroin are wrong.
Russell Brand:

Have you had many altercations with cops?
Russell Brand:
[Laughs.]
Russell Brand:
Did you ever OD?
Russell Brand:
Congratulations and good job.
Russell Brand:
Did you ever take a swing at a police officer?
Russell Brand:
Have you ever been punched square in the face? Like actually seen the fist coming at you...
Russell Brand:
It's been a few years, which is fine with me.
Russell Brand:

Have you ever had to run for your life?
Russell Brand:
Are you fast?
Russell Brand:
What was your impression of America when you were a kid?
Russell Brand:
C'mon, we're getting better, aren't we?
Russell Brand:
Do you live with regret?
Russell Brand:don't
Do you worry?
Russell Brand:
Just being conscious of that could be enough.
Russell Brand: