Controversial comedian Russell Brand is once again making news for his provocative statements. On Oct. 24, 2013, E! News reported that in a BBC Newsnight interview, Brand (who is 38) went on a rant saying that voting is a waste of time.
Brand explained in the interview why he has never voted in his life and why other people also shouldn't vote: "It's not that I'm not voting out of apathy. I'm not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit from the political class that's been going on for generations now. It's like I got punched in the face ...
"I don't think [voting] works. People have voted already and that's what created the last paradigm ... The planet is being destroyed. We are creating an underclass. We are exploiting poor people all over the world and the genuine, legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by the political class."
Brand also said a radical revolution is the only way to solve much of the world's problems. In 2001, Brand was notoriously fired from MTV in the U.K. after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 9/11 attacks.
In interviews and in his memoirs, Brand has been very open about recovering from addictions to drugs and sex. He was married to singer Katy Perry from 2010 and 2011. Brand reportedly dumped Perry because of their different priorities and lifestyle choices.
Brand was famous in his native Great Britain years before he found international fame in the 2008 hit comedy film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." He has since had mixed success in the movie business.
Brand is the voice of Dr. Nefario in the blockbuster animated "Despicable Me" movies, but his most recent work in live-actions movie have been bombs. He's starred a string of flops, including the 2011 remake of "Arthur," the 2012 movie version of the stage musical "Rock of Ages" and the 2013 comedy "Paradise." His last live-action movie hit was 2010's "Get Him to the Greek," a spinoff of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
As a talk-show host, Brand has gotten mixed-to-negative reviews for his FX show "Brand X with Russell Brand," which debuted in 2012. In 2013, he became a guest editor of British political magazine the New Statesman.