Katy Perry’s taming of Russell Brand, as told by Judd Apatow


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The evolution of Russell Brand is remarkable by many accounts, from embattled drug addict and flailing comedian to Hollywood’s premier Brit funnyman.

Among his biggest champions is director and producer Judd Apatow, who saw Brand’s star rise with roles in the Adam Sandler comedy “Bedtime Stories” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”


Now Brand is getting ready to take on a new role in addition to his lead in “Get Him to the Greek” -- as husband to singer Katy Perry.

“I think they’re a great couple, and I got to see the whole arch of Russell,” Apatow said of the change in Brand, while at Tuesday night’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

“I got to see Russell tamed up close.”

In terms of stickiness, Apatow is confident the pair’s burning is an eternal flame.

“He fell in love and fully committed ... once he makes the choice, he commits. He’ll do six hours of yoga a day or whatever he needs to do,” the director said.

Apatow attended the awards ceremony with his wife, Leslie Mann, at the Hyatt Regency in Century City, where Women in Film and Jacob’s Creek presented trophies to Zoe Saldana, Courteney Cox-Arquette and Apatow’s boss, Universal Studios co-chair Donna Langley.

“She’s one of my biggest supporters, so I’m happy to come out and get drunk in her honor,” he said.

-- Matt Donnelly

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