Russell Brand’s ‘Under the Skin’ Is Surprisingly Brainy

When you’ve done it all, what then? When you’ve smoked all the crack, eaten all the chocolate, had all the sex, made all the money, and been on all the talk shows—where do you go next? Because there it is, squatting on the far side of adulation: nothingness. “Celebrities,” the Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman once said, “are in a very interesting position. They’ve already achieved great fame, success, and wealth, and they’ve realized that those things alone don’t bring happiness; that, in fact, they can be a real pain in the neck.” Or, as Russell Brand puts it, tunneling toward enlightenment in the 2015 documentary Brand: A Second Coming, “Fame and power and money is bullshit.” (Brand, in this scene, is addressing a group of wonder-struck English schoolchildren.) “To feel adored is a buzz for me, but—what does it matter, really? [ . . . ]

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Interview: Russell Brand

Keeping up with Russell Brand isn’t easy. He’s on the move as we speak, in the middle of publicising his new book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, and at the start of a new 71-date stand-up tour, Re:Birth, that comes to Scotland next year. But he’s on the move literally too, in a car crossing London, before heading home to his wife, Laura Gallacher and one-year-old daughter Mabel in Henley-on-Thames and we’ve been talking about his friend Amy Winehouse. [ . . . ] More: Interview: Russell Brand