American audiences may have just been introduced to Russell Brand thanks to a scene-stealing performance in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” but the British comic is quite well known in his native land. No, REALLY well known, after Brand wrote a “warts and all” autobiography, “My Booky Wook,” which chronicled his rise to fame and his subsequent drug addictions.
Brand would like to keep it that way (the part about Americans not knowing about his past, that is), telling MTV News that he’s decided not to move forward with a movie adaptation of “Booky Wook,” which was to be directed by “24 Hour Party People” helmer Michael Winterbottom.
“I’m not going to make the Booky Wooky into a film anymore because then people in America will learn what my past is like. [Of course],people that can be bothered to read will know that I have a checkered past,” he laughed. “Fingers crossed, we give them a book I’ve written already, I don’t have to do no more homework!”
But while he won’t get to literally play himself in “Booky Wook,” Brand will still play himself in the new Nicholas Stoller film “Get Him to the Greek.” Well, sort of.
“I’m playing the part of Nathanial, a highwayman from medieval France. No, I’ll be playing myself. A version of myself. I think I might have a hat on. I don’t know, I don’t wear a hat,” he joked of his role in the film, which follows a record company intern (Jonah Hill) who has to transport a rock star from Europe to L.A.
“A rock star as usual,” Brand sighed. “I’m going to play rock stars for the first 10 years of my career, and then I’m going to move on, and I’m only going to play mailmen for the next 10 years. It’s going to be fun.”