Natalie Portman? Maybe. Sort of. Sometimes. The list, as always, is depressingly short. The truism remains: Few top-tier celebs are intellectually capable of handling just about any topic politics, culture, art, God, world events thrown their way, by anyone, at any time, in front of any TV camera or live microphone. I hereby nominate, and humbly kneel before the altar of, one Russell Brand, the lanky rock-god Brit actor/comic/writer, to this rarified group, a guy who Ive always passively liked but who I also believed was a bit too smarmy, far too dependent on projecting a persona of mania and insanity as his raison detre. Not to mention most of his acting choices have been rather hideous (cough, Arthur, cough). If more wry intellectuals looked and acted like this, the world would be a better place indeed. I am, apparently, a bit late to the party in realizing Brand isnt really any of those things, at least not predominantly, at least not at the expense of what appears to be a delightfully insightful and nimble mind, coupled to rather shockingly adroit, sophisticated way with the written word. Its true.
Russell Brand booted from GQ Men of the Year Awards over Hugo Boss-Nazi link jabs
(Is this what you all do for a living? he asks, later adding, These people, Im sure, are typically very good at their jobs. Youre conveying news to the people of America? People of America, were going to be okay.)I would liken the hosts to a kitten pouncing on what it assumes is a dazed snake and discovering it has latched onto the tail end of a dragon. Its cringe-inducing. Youre talking about me as if Im not here and as if Im an extraterrestrial, he observes. Never mock someone with a British accent. Thank you for your casual objectification, Brand says, after one of the hosts starts talking about him and his accent in the third person. Another of the hosts, after Brand suggests more serious topics for discussion, goes back to riffing on the comics attire, and Brand cuts in, Thats the problem with current affairs. You forget about whats important and you allow the agenda to be decided by superficial information. Russell Brand Takes Over, Dominating The MJ Set the chyron beneath him reads. This is like a morning-show equivalent of the time Jon Stewart showed up on Crossfire (and showed everyone else up too). Stop, Stewart said. Stop, stop, stop hurting America. He went on to comment, You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably. Sometimes it helps to have someone visit and point out what the Emperor is wearing. Its not the hardest thing in the world to say. Comedians are often in the best position to say it. You are supposed to be serious, Brand and Stewart said.
By Ethan Sacks / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:16 PM Comment David M. Benett/Getty Images If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis, Brand said. But they looked f—- amazing! Not everyone is amused by Russell Brand s humor. The British comic was booted from Tuesday nights GQ Men of the Year Awards after-party in London over a routine that slammed corporate sponsor Hugo Boss for its World War II-era ties to the Nazis. If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss, who made uniforms for the Nazis, Brand said of the German fashion house that paid $390,000 toward the event, according to Britains Daily Mirror. But they looked f—- amazing, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.” David M. Benett/Getty Images Russell Brand leaps from the stage at the GQ Men of the Year awards at Londons Royal Opera House Tuesday night, shortly after his routine slamming Hugo Boss for its Nazi ties. The 38-year-old Get Him to the Greek star, who took home an award at the event, punctuated his routine with some goosestepping. Brand was ejected from the party at the Royal Opera House shortly afterwards, Londons Sun reported. RELATED: RUSSELL BRAND JOKES ABOUT SEX WITH KATY PERRY IN STAND-UP SHOW Hugo Boss has in recent years tried to distance itself from its founding designers ties to Adolf Hitlers government as the official uniform supplier of Nazi forces. In 2011, the company publically expressed its profound regret to those who suffered harm or hardship at the factory run by Hugo Ferdinand Boss under National Socialist rule. David M. Benett/Getty Images Noel Gallagher, Rita Ora and Russell Brand arrive at the GQ Men of the Year awards at the Royal Opera House earlier in the evening. American actor Jeremy Piven, himself Jewish, poked fun at Brands antics when he presented an award later.