Russell Brand Says 'Vapid' Celebrity Life That Came With Katy Perry Marriage Changed His Worldview
The new Russell Brand documentary BRAND: A Second Coming shows the British star rejecting a life of shallow celebrity in favor of a more substantive life cause. As he puts it in the trailer, "I'm an egotist, I'm a fucking narcissist; but I'm your narcissist."
One part of the film press is eager report on is Brand's 14-month marriage to Katy Perry. After seeing the documentary, The Daily Mail reports that this relationship had a profound effect on Brand, who calls the pop star lifestyle "vapid" and "vacuous" in the film.
It was a visit to Africa for Comic Relief in the spring of 2010 -- months before he and Perry were married -- that began changing Brand's values, it seems in contrast to his once beau.
"I'm associated with the very thing I detest: vapid, vacuous, plastic, constructed, mindless celebrity. That's the very sea we're swimming in, 'Oh, who's he?' ... 'He's married to Katy Perry,'" The Daily Mail reports him saying in the film.
He also reportedly tells his friend Stephen Merchant of his relationship with Perry, "It's definitely good I'm with someone I love. But it's not a resolution to anything spiritual."
Brand is now focusing himself on serious issues such as climate change and global economic inequality. As he says in the film, "What I want is a spiritual revolution and a complete global change of thinking."
The British comedian and actor has expressed his discomfort with the documentary and even canceled his appearance at its South by Southwest premiere and even tried to block its release at the festival.
Watch the trailer for BRAND: A Second Coming here: