Russell Brand Bails on SXSW Premiere of New Doc Focused on Katy Perry Split
BRAND: A Second Coming, a new film that chronicles the comedian and actor's rise as a comic, his drug addiction, and marriage to the "California Gurls" singer. The doc took seven years to make and presented an uncensored view of what happened between the couple.
According to the Daily Beast, Russell started to get involved in a number of political movements, becoming somewhat of an activist without his then wife. In one scene, Brand a Katy chat at home. Brand questions the ideas of power and money, and Katy reportedly responds, “I think you’re a genius and you make me look good, and that’s why I picked you."
Sound bytes like these can make anyone feel uncomfortable. Russell thought it was too much and reportedly bailed on the film's showing at SXSW on Friday night (March 13), an event where he was supposed to deliver the keynote speech. While everyone, including director Ondi Timoner was taken by surprise, Russell explained his unexpected no-show on his website:
"You’d think a narcissist would like nothing more than talking about themselves and their “rags to riches”, “hard luck” story but actually, it felt like, to me, my life was hard enough the first time round and going through it again was painful and sad.
I know Ondi is an artist and I’m told the film is good but for me watching it was very uncomfortable."
We have yet to hear from the Katy Perry camp about Russell's new movie, but we will keep you posted on further developments.
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