It's hard to believe that Russell Brand isn't actually a rock star. He's certainly got the look down: crazy, messy hair, tight tight tight pants, and just the right amount of eyeliner. It takes a very special brand of stand-up comedian to pull off playing a devil-may-care musician like Aldous Snow in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', and now Brand is at it again in 'Get Him to the Greek'. Comics aren't exactly known for being suave lady-killers (can you picture Ray Romano or Jerry Seinfeld in leather pants?), but Brand is 100 percent believable as an impossible-to-tame rock God.

Brand had North American audiences asking "Who is that, and why haven't I heard of him before?" when he stole the show in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' in 2008. He had already achieved celebrity status in England, where he hosted TV and radio shows and regularly performed on the stand-up circuit. But he was new to us, and we just couldn't get enough.
It's hard to believe that Russell Brand isn't actually a rock star. He's certainly got the look down: crazy, messy hair, tight tight tight pants, and just the right amount of eyeliner. It takes a very special brand of stand-up comedian to pull off playing a devil-may-care musician like Aldous Snow in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', and now Brand is at it again in 'Get Him to the Greek'. Comics aren't exactly known for being suave lady-killers (can you picture Ray Romano or Jerry Seinfeld in leather pants?), but Brand is 100 percent believable as an impossible-to-tame rock God.

Brand had North American audiences asking "Who is that, and why haven't I heard of him before?" when he stole the show in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' in 2008. He had already achieved celebrity status in England, where he hosted TV and radio shows and regularly performed on the stand-up circuit. But he was new to us, and we just couldn't get enough.

Thankfully, Brand has been making countless media appearances to promote this week's release of 'Sarah Marshall' spin-off 'Get Him to the Greek', so Brand devotees can get their fill. He's reprising his role as the affable-yet-flaky singer Aldous Snow, but this time around, Jonah Hill's hapless character is trying to escort Snow to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

During the 'Greek' promotional blitz, it's easy to forget that Brand is just a fake rock star, what with his shirtless Rolling Stone magazine cover and his bad-ass entrances, complete with pyrotechnics, on programs like 'The Tonight Show'. He could teach his buddy (and real-life rock star) Noel Gallagher of Oasis a thing or two about how to give the fans what they want. C'mon, Noel – more leather, more stunts, more swagger. And less whining, please!



Most rock stars today are so boring. Why can't they be more like Russell Brand? With that in mind, here are ten reasons why Russell Brand is a bigger rock star than most of today's "real" rockers put together. (Cough cough, Bon Jovi. Chad Kroeger. Chris Martin. Cough cough.)

  1. 1. He can seduce women on his way to the restroom. And then he says stuff like 'Right, I just got that girl's number, and I'm going to f--- her later,' according to Rolling Stone.
  2. 2. He can actually sing.
  3. 3. He can pull off wearing women's clothes without losing his masculine appeal. Including stretchy pants. And heels.
  4. 4. His hair is perfectly messy, a la Robert Smith of The Cure. Not the trying-way-to-hard kind of messy, a la Jared Leto.
  5. 5. He doesn't try to hide his man-whorish past. In his recent Parade interview, he says he told fiancée Katy Perry, "Katy, you need to know, I'm not virgin. In fact, if you're counting, the list of my sexual escapades is mind-boggling. But these women will be celebrated forever more. And they will live on in my imagination."
  6. 6. He has that intangible, charismatic, bad-boy "star" quality. Like Iggy Pop.
  7. 7. He has more stage presence than all of the Jonas Brothers put together.
  8. 8. His "look" isn't a carefully-orchestrated result of focus groups telling record execs what they want to see in a rock star.
  9. 9. He has publicly kissed friend and fellow rock-star-esque comedian Noel Fielding of 'The Mighty Boosh' (at a 2007 fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust).
  10. 10. He used to roll with a 'sex team' that helped him find ladies to hook up with. He told Playboy, "It was as if I was talking to a wine steward -- 'I'm looking for something French, a bit fruity, smells of oak."


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