Early Look At Russell Brand As Arthur
Remaking Arthur seems like kind of a bad idea. The 80s movies about a lovable, drunken billionaire hinged entirely on Dudley Moore. He was Arthur and without him thereís really nothing worth watching. Besides, isnít the concept kind of dated? Do we still find alcoholism endearing and funny? It seems like a bad idea but if youíre going to remake it, then I guess it makes a lot of sense to remake it with Russell Brand in the title role.
Nobodyís better at making drug addiction seem sweet. Brandís already pulled it off in two different movies as his rocker character Aldus Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and to a much greater degree in Get Him To the Greek. Now heís on set shooting Arthur, trying to make it work in the redo.
For those worried Brandís take on Arthur would be just another iteration of his Forgetting Sarah Marshall character, thereís good news. Splash News has the first photo of Brand in his Arthur attire and heís ditched the scruffy rocker look in favor of a clean-shaven, man about town in a bowler style. He looks weird without the scruff, but he also looks more like Arthur than expected. Check him out in a side by side comparison with the original Arthur, Dudley Moore:
Here's another look at Brand in character, as captured by Dlisted and Stylist:
Brand needs a Martini, but at least they have similar taste in hats. Directed by Jason Winer and starring Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner, Helen Mirren, and Nick Nolte, the new Arthur should hit theaters some time in 2011.
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