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Arthur is a very different drunk: Russell Brand

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Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:58 [IST]

Comedian Russell Brand, who gave up drugs, alcohol and sex addiction after the treatment, has revealed that the hero in his latest movie Arthur is a very different drunk than he was. The Hollywood funnyman used to carry bottles of alcohol and sniffed them to get in character, which reminded him of his wild night-outs.

The film Arthur is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. Russell Brand, Dame Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner in the leads. The upcoming comedy flick is all about a drunkard and wild playboy, who stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family does not like.

Russell Brand is playing Arthur Bach in the movie. The funnyman, who himself was a drunkard like Arthur a couple of years ago, says that he enjoyed the role utmost. But he denies he is not exactly like Arthur. “Arthur is a very different drunk than I was. He's like a fun-loving drunk, I was like a miserable, moany smackhead," The Sun quoted Russell as saying.

Although the actor no longer drinks, he found it easy to play the drunkard. His role reminded him of the extreme nights out. He says, "On set I'd carry a bottle of Courvoisier, or tequila, I'd smell different boozes depending on how drunk I wanted to be in the film then remember mad nights slumped outside pubs in north London and waking up on a sofa drenched in wee wee."

Topics: russell brand, arthur, helen mirren, jennifer garner
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