Russell Brand moves on from Katy Perry and wants to save the world
Russell Brand has made more than his share of headlines lately, due to his surprise split from Katy Perry, his wife of little more than a year. He and Perry have kept a low profile since the announcement, and reasons behind their divorce remain mysterious. But these days, he has a bigger mission on his mind. He wants to bring more spirituality and light into the world.
Brand resurfaced at the FX portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour to promote his upcoming series with a working title of "Strangely Uplifting," which will feature him performing before a live audience and riffing on politics, pop cuture and whatever else hits his mind. But his goal goes beyond being funny.
"It's about authenticity," he told reporters, excited and speaking so fast that his words almost toppled on top of each other. Saying he was "stupified by plasticity," Brand added, "There's a vapid culture that is removing us from our spirituality. All I want to do is to make people feel better than they feel right now."
The only references to Perry and his marital woes were veiled, on answering a question about how he was doing. "Because of events?," he asked, adding that he was doing quite well.
The English comedian said the goal of the show "is to examine this extraordinary country of yours from the perspective of an alien trying to understand this peculiar country." He characterized himself as Mork from "Mork & Mindy."
"It's about truth and beauty and honor," he said.
Photo: Russell Brand and Katy Perry in April at the London premiere of his film "Arthur." Credit: Joel Ryan/Associated Press