By Fred Topel | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
Forget about toning down Adam Sandler's comedy for kids. Have you heard Russell Brand? The man is walking sex, but he enjoyed steering his humor towards the more absurd for the PG rated Bedtime Stories.
Russell Brand on Bedtime Stories
"Sometimes the parameters I think create better work," Brand said. "Otherwise you have to sort of go to places comedically, and if anything, when you're not using that kind of facility, you're doing sort of different stuff. Plus, it's not that mad, because of course in the real world, I have friends who have kids and stuff. If I'm hanging out with my friends who've got kids and everything, it's not like I'll blow their minds with some coprophilia jokes. So do stuff that's appropriate. Although a lot of children do eat poo."
Brand plays the main character's buddy in a luxury hotel. In between bouts of reading bedtime stories to little kids, they have to go to work. "Adam [Sandler] said, 'Do you want to do this film?' And I said, 'Yeah, all right. I'll learn stuff, and it will be a laugh.' Then, as I spent more time learning about it, I had to meet other people. Adam Shankman was involved. I found out that all these movies make loads of money. Now, if people associate you with the idea of loads of money, they in turn will give some of that money to you."
Most of Sandler's costars are his buddies from college or Saturday Night Live. Brand learned how to fit in with the comedy frat boys. "I loved working with Adam. It was an education for me, in how to do film acting. I hadn't done many films before. Now I've learned loads of stuff, sort of controlling things, how to improvise with insensible parameters, how to not swear, which was difficult for me of course. It was a wonderful education and I laughed a lot."
Bedtime Stories opens to theaters on December 25th.