Interview: Russell Brand

By Diana Wichtel In Entertainment

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'Oh, you’re f---ing joking.” Russell Brand, astonished, down the phone from California. Up until this point, our conversation has been conducted with a certain trepidation on my part and, on Brand’s, the spacey serenity of a recovering substance abuser who does a lot of yoga and is lying on his bed with a cat called Morrissey. The news that I’d been listening to a 2007 radio interview he did with now spectacularly disgraced media personality Sir Jimmy Savile has a galvanising effect on one of the world’s most profligately gifted, notoriously volatile comedians. I swear I can hear ...

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