American audiences know comedy superstar Russell Brand best from his roles as the drunk, self-appointed spiritualist, semi-airheaded Brit in box-office successes like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to The Greek”, as well as his theatrical failures like the wholly unnecessary remake of “Arthur”. What they might not know is how active Brand is in the world of politics. His YouTube channel, which has around 500.000 subscribers, is full of videos where he uses his unique wit and energy to take down Fox News and various right-wing entities.
Director Ondi Timoner’s (“DIG!,” “We Live In Public“) feature documentary about Brand, simply titled “Brand: The Film,” seems to cover the many facets of his eccentric personality, including his political leanings. In the first behind-the-scenes clip from the film, Brand and his friends, including Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, talk about his aspirations to literally change the world via fame. Brand’s fisting analogy (no pun intended) regarding world politics alone is not to be missed.
If you’re interested in Timoner’s other projects, “Dig!,” the great documentary about the rivalry between two up-and-coming rock bands is highly recommended. You can watch the clip below.