Before he met and fell for singer Katy Perry, Russell Brand had a reputation as a player. But these days, Russell is happily monogamous and looking forward to his wedding later this year.
In Get Him to the Greek, you reprise the role of rock star Aldous Snow. How similar to him are you?
First, I am not a rock star, and second, I’m not on drugs. It’s not as easy as it looks pretending to be a rock star. It was like doing karaoke the whole time, but there were people applauding, telling me I was really good. In my past, I was, for a very brief stint, able to live out my dark fantasies. I’m glad I don’t have to go back to them again in real life.
Yes, you’re a reformed man — and you’re getting married to Katy Perry. Are you excited or nervous about the big day?
About marrying my wife?
Oh, are you married already?
No, I just call her my wife already. I’m quite excited when I think about it now, but sometimes you’re nervous, of course.
Why get married?
I love her. She’s a spiritual, powerful person, and she distracts me.
How did you propose to her?
In India, on an elephant at midnight, under a blue moon. There were flowers everywhere, men bearing torches. The ritual became so powerful and theatrical, I was overwhelmed to the point where it was difficult to speak, difficult to utter even those few words that I had to say to make the transition from the life I had to the life I have now.
Has it been hard to become a one-woman man?
I love having the old sex. But it got a bit out of hand. I’ve got to be careful with it because I’d go wild. I have a very powerful curiosity about women. But I’m getting married, and I’m cool with it.
Do you think you’ll make a good dad someday?
Yes, I hope so. I would like that.
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