CATEGORIES Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, RumorMonger, Family Films, Johnny Depp, Remakes and Sequels, CinematicalGranted, British comedian Russell Brand isn't for everyone, and I think there are some people at the BBC who would agree. But, I just love the guy to bits. Sure he's strange and a little bit of a lecher, but damn is he funny. When rumors first started to surface that Brand was being considered to take over for Johnny Depp in the next Pirates of the Caribbean installment, it seemed to be the perfect fit. But, in a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Brand told Billy Bush, "There's been some talk of doing a 'Pirates' movie, but, I've got eight other things to do [including] 'Get Him To The Greek' with Judd Apatow... So I don't know if there'll be time to be a pirate, I've got enough of that in me private life." If you follow the UK gossip rags, then you probably know that he isn't kidding about that last part.
Eugene brought us the news back in April that Brand would be reviving his character of Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Jonah Hill for Greek. The comedy centers on a young insurance adjuster (Hill) assigned to get a wild rock star (Brand) from London to LA's Greek Theater (I wonder if Hill is reprising his loyal fan character from Marshall as well). But, Brand didn't rule out Pirates completely; the comedian was quoted as saying that Pirates was still, "A possibility," -- which, as you know in Hollywood, is enough to keep a rumor going indefinitely.
Brand is still off promoting his book, My Booky Wook, and already has a comedy special and a rumored Arthur remake on top of his prior commitment with Apatow and company. So if the guy is still in the running for Pirates, he has some time before the clock runs down on Bruckheimer's proposed 2012 release. But should Brand risk his abstract appeal for a shot at the blockbuster? Pirates made Depp family friendly after all, just imagine what it could do for Brand.
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