Russell Brand To Host The 2012 MTV Movie Awards
It was looking like we were going to have to wait until much later in June to see Russell Brand on cable TV. The actor, known for his stand-up comedy as well as various film roles, is set to star in his own comedy series titled Brand X on FX. But before that premieres, he'll be serving as host on the MTV Movie Awards.
Deadline posted the announcement today, stating that MTV has announced that actor/comedian Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards, which are set to air live on Sunday, June 3rd at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Brand has some experience hosting MTV award shows, having hosted the Video Music Awards in 2008 and 2009. He was relatively unknown in the U.S. when he took on the job of headlining the 2008 Video Music Awards (he appeared in Forgetting Sarah Marshall earlier that year) and caused a fuss when he poked fun at the Jonas Brothers for their purity rings. That didn't stop MTV from inviting him back the next year. And now it looks like he'll have the opportunity to take a few shots at this (and last) year's movies. In fact, it looks like he already did. MTV's announcement included a brief statement by Brand, in which he said:
“This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than The Avengers and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out."
Being a comedian as well as an actor certainly makes Brand a good fit for the job. As a fan of his comedy and some of his films, I'm glad to see he's returning to hosting. It should be interesting to see what he does with the job this time around, and it'll hopefully give him some added exposure in anticipation of the premiere of Brand X, which is set for June 28 on FX.
Nominations for this years MTV Movie Awards were posted earlier this month and voting has gotten underway at MTV's website.
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