UNIVERSAL CITY, California — We already have a good idea of how Russell Brand plans to open the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, but will the rest of his show be up to snuff? This will be the two-time Video Music Awards emcee’s first stint hosting the Movie Awards , and we’re hoping he will live up to his previous performances.
During the “That’s My Boy” Sneak Peek Week Q&A , MTV News turned to former Movie Awards host Andy Samberg to hear his prediction on Brand’s hosting prowess. Samberg said that it probably wouldn’t be too different from Brand’s other times hosting MTV awards shows.
“It’s going to be a real stretch from the VMAs,” he joked.
“What’s he going to do? I just wonder if in the beginning he’s going to have some short film about how he’s got to make it to the Movie Awards in time. Is he going to make it? He’s in this film, how’s he going to make it? Every host seems to have this problem,” Samberg continued sarcastically.
It’s true, we’ve seen a host or 10 do that familiar sketch in the past, though Samberg managed to avoid falling into that trap with his hilarious spoof on “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Reader,” “Twilight” and “Star Trek” during his hosting gig. We’re sure Brand also has something different up his sleeve this year, and Samberg seemed to genuinely be looking forward to seeing what madness the Brit will concoct.
“So many ingredients in a Movie Awards stew. I mean, celebs, spoofs, great performances,” he said. But the key ingredient? “A great host. That’s going to kill it, man. Russell’s hilarious.”
Samberg took some time to reminisce on his own year hosting the Movie Awards, which apparently earned him $5 (well, in addition to whatever his salary was). Since he hosted back in 2009 — the first year “Twilight” was a nominee — Samberg said he was a little overwhelmed by the fan hysteria.
“My year was like the first year of ’Twilight,’ so you couldn’t hear anything. It was just a din of screaming girls,” he said. “At one point, I walked out and I had a bet with somebody backstage and I just went, ’Twilight,’ and everyone went, ’Wahh!’ and I was like, I just made five bucks.”