But when it comes to a documentary about his own life, Brand is apparently drawing the line. On the same day a film about the 39-year-old was set to kick off at the
In a post on his website, Brand said that despite his reputation as a "narcissist," the idea of having to relive his tumultuous struggles by talking about the movie would be "painful and sad."
"I know [director Ondi Timoner] is an artist, and I'm told the film is good," he wrote, "but for me watching it was very uncomfortable."
Leading up to the festival, a publicist for the film -- titled "Brand: A Second Coming" -- informed The Times that Brand would not be doing any interviews on behalf of the movie while in Austin, Texas. But he was still supposed to show up, and a party to celebrate the premiere was scheduled for Saturday evening as of Thursday.
According to Brand's post, the documentary began filming seven years ago when he was just becoming a household name. In the years since, numerous directors worked on the project before Timoner came to it. Because she had directed a documentary he liked -- the 2004 Sundance winner "DIG!" -- he thought she might be able to right the ship.
"I suppose what I didn't consider was that in letting go of the film, I was agreeing to be the subject of a biography," he said. "Posthumously this is a great honor but, while you're alive, oddly intrusive and melancholy."
Over the past couple of years, Brand has remained relatively out of the Hollywood spotlight. While he filmed a stand-up special, "Russell Brand: Messiah Complex," in 2013, it appeared he had largely given up on a career as an actor after his starring turn in 2011's "Arthur" remake flopped at the box office. In October, he published a book about his political beliefs called
Over the past few years, he explained in Friday's statement, he has "transitioned from an attention-seeking missile, exploding into exhibitionism at every turn, into a man who, whilst still a show-off, was becoming disillusioned and disconnected from fame, celebrity and all it's sticky ephemera."
Stay tuned for details about "Brand: A Second Coming" after its premiere Friday evening.
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