Russell Brand the successful comedian/actor is jealous of Russell Brand the junkie.
My boy Russell Brand has a new documentary coming out for the BBC entitled ‘Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery,’ and I will absolutely be watching it. If you know me even a little bit, even from reading this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with drug addiction memoirs (and if you are too you need to read A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown right now… seriously, stop reading this and go buy it. Here, I’ve even linked you to it on Amazon because I’m a good friend to you.), and you’ll also know that I love Russell Brand a whole lot.
In the documentary, he watches old footage of himself smoking heroin and confesses that he’s jealous of past-Russell, saying:
This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the [upscale hotel] Savoy. I’m jealous of me then.
It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict.
He talks about how ‘greedy’ heroin is and how it’ll ‘take everything’ from you:
First it’ll take your money. Then it’ll take your friends, your family, your car, your house. Then it’s going to take bits of your body. In the end I used to be scoring with people that had eyes missing, limbs missing. You’ll take it until it takes your life. It’ll take everything until the last thing and you’ll gladly give it that rather than give up the drugs.
The documentary will air on BBC Three on August 16th, will you be watching/downloading?