When Russell Brand played oversexed rock star Aldous Snow in the 2008 comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” co-star Kristen Bell strongly warned him about his behavior on set, the actress said in a resurfaced interview.
“I made it clear from the start that if he tried anything I would piss him off,” says Bell, 43, told the Daily Mail in 2010 the British comedian known for his promiscuity. “So he was intimidated.”
On Saturday, Brand, 48, was accused of sexual assault, rape and emotional abuse of four women ages 16 to 31 from 2006 to 2013. He strongly denies the allegations.
In another interview in 2010, shortly after Brand announced his engagement to pop star Katy Perry, Bell said said Britain’s Daily Record a similar story from her “Marshall” days with the comedian playing her sex-crazed new boyfriend.
“He wasn’t trying to mess with me or get in my pants,” she said. “He knew I was going to cut him off.”
The actress, aware of Brand’s bad reputation, added: “Russell loves it when everyone knows that he’s a womanizer and has done all these strange things, but I think that Russell is a very nice boy hidden, who hides secretly.”
In a video posted to Brand’s Instagram Before the joint investigation by The Times of London, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches was closed last weekend, the comedian denied all allegations, saying his sexual relationships were “absolutely and always consensual” and calling the report “a coordinated one Attack”.
The Times reported Monday that “several women” have come forward with information about Brand since the story was published. And brand manager Tavistock Wood has terminated his contract with the comedian.
The news has also reignited interest in an even earlier film role for Brand – as a teenager accused of violently attacking a man in the British crime series “The Bill.”
At a 1994 episode of the long-running ITV series Brand, 18, played Billy Chase, a petty thief who was arrested for almost killing a man, cutting his face and gouging out his eye. Like Brand, Billy categorically denies any wrongdoing.
“The fight two nights ago… you left a man behind to die!” an investigator shouts at him.
“I was never there!” replies the teenager.