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Russell Brand's Concerns Over Alcohol in 'Arthur'

April 20, 2011 (11:08 am) GMT
Russell Brand fears his portrayal of a drunk in Arthur isn't as light-hearted as Dudley Moore's original turn - because alcoholism is now viewed as a disease and not a 'giggly and frivolous' matter.

The British funnyman, stepped into Moore's shoes to play the millionaire playboy in a remake of the iconic 1981 comedy, but admits it was a challenge to portray a booze-addled character when substance abuse is now considered taboo.

He tells Britain's Independent newspaper, "Dudley's performance really stands out because it wasn't like it was a chilling portrayal of the horrors of alcoholism. It was really a device for clowning and facilitating physical comedy."

"But nowadays you have to address the fact that alcohol is a problem. Aldous Snow, the previous lunatic drunk I've played (in ""), was a dark, bleak character, whereas "" is far more merry and twinkly. But I think that anyone who drinks that much is an alcoholic."

"Alcohol now is recognised as a disease and a social problem, not something we can be all giggly and frivolous about. So my own Arthur, whilst he's still a raving alcoholic, he doesn't get away with it in the way that Dudley did. In those days, clearly, it wasn't a problem for people to be alcoholics. People were dying of alcoholism and it was considered fun."

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