Russell Brand: I Wanted To Kill Someone Over Parklife Meme
Comic reveals that he got angry before seeing the funny side of mockery...
Russell Brand has opened up about his reaction to the internet meme which saw his pontifications combined with Blur's 1990s pop hit Parklife.
The comic-turned-political activist has recorded an appearance on Alan Carr Chatty Man which is set to be screened this evening - and confessed that he saw red when he was first targeted.
"First of all I wondered what is that? What does that mean?" he said.
"Then I looked at it and thought 'that's people digging me out because I'm using long words with my accent', and then there was a bit where I wanted to kill someone, and then I thought, hold on a minute – I'm a troublemaker, a mischief maker, embrace that, that’s a right laugh – don't take life too seriously, soon we'll all be down in the grave.
"No one's said nothing snidey to me this whole time."
Well, apart from one famous friend of his that is.
"It's always Noel Gallagher," Brand explained. "He finishes his texts with it now he'll go 'alright Russell, how's it going?' then say something offensive about my hair or my private beliefs, and then go 'PARKLIFE', like that.
"But every time he does it I secretly think 'I remember when there was a race to be number one, and Blur won it against Oasis, so fuck you, in a time machine'."
The 39-year-old funnyman also admitted that he is now happier with his lot than ever, despite his Hollywood career faltering.
"I've never felt more happy than I do at this time, I've never felt more connected to people.
"Being involved in campaigns to help people with their housing, helping people get reasonable pay and that, I really enjoy it...
"It's not like, again I'm not saying I'm perfect, I'm just like, all I'm doing is the thing that I can do – if I write a book and people read it, that's a positive thing – I still wanna have a laugh.
"I don't know because I'm not putting myself forward as any sort of leader, I'm just a bloke from Essex who's being given a chance and wants to do something worthwhile with it, that's all."