Russell Brand Set For Oprah Interview On Drug Addiction
US TV queen talking to former heroin addict comic in wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death...
The actor and comic, who once had a heavy heroin habit, has been outspoken about the way society deals with drugs and addiction - and has blamed US laws for the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
In the wake of the Oscar-winning actor's tragic death, Oprah has chosen to devote an entire show to the drug problem in the US.
Talking about the nature of addiction, Rusty says: "The way that drug addicts regard the issue is that it never really goes away. That it's always there dormant. And if something provokes it, you'll be back out there.
"Now I know that about myself. I know that the reason why I won't use drugs today or drink today is because I know I can't manage it. That if I open - if there's a crack in the door, it's a seductive idea that maybe you can use again. Maybe you can control it.
"That's why I think you have to - as a drug addict, the first thing you have to do is accept you can never use or one day at a time. Don't drink and take drugs.
"If anything positive can come out of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's that. That his death doesn't make sense unless you accept that addiction is an illness. It doesn't make sense any other way. Otherwise, oh, why did he do that?"
Brand last year stepped into the political arena with a now famous appearance on BBC Two's Newsnight - in which he called for a revolution while sparring with veteran presenter Jeremy Paxman.
Seymour Hoffman's cause of death has been determined as a multiple drug overdose.
The interview will be broadcast on Sunday in the US.