NEW YORK — Despite the racket of the Video Music Awards stage being assembled around him, Russell Brand still manages to exude an extraordinary level of cool.
This is probably because, as a soon-to-be-two-time VMA host, he's learned to maintain an even keel. Or, because unlike last year, when he took shots at the Jonas Brothers, Madonna, George Bush and others, this time around, he's all about the love.
"There's no targets this year, because I operate from love," he smiled.
And though he's trying to keep it positive, you get the feeling Brand's not afraid to slag anyone off if the situation demands it. Because, well, he admitted it himself.
"I'm not afraid of anything really," said Brand, who also talked about the show on "The View" on Wednesday. "I'm completely fearless."
Which means that on Sunday night, the Jonas Bros, the cast of "New Moon" and anyone within earshot better be ready ... and that includes Radio City Christmas Spectacular mainstay Santa Claus. Seriously!
"I can't top him. No one can top Santa. Except your parents, when they reveal the fictitious nature of him," Brand laughed. "I am a real entity, however, and that is one advantage I have over him ... as opposed to being a marketing device."
Santa: You have been warned ...
Watch the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Preshow this Sunday, September 13, at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the big event, airing live at 9 p.m. New York is celebrating the VMAs all week long, so stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.