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Arthur
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Mar 27, 2011
Russell Brand and Helen Mirren – Arthur
Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills

Q1: Helen, what was it like to play nanny to Russell Brand?
HM: Well, it was an education for me, as much as for the education I was trying to give to the character. Mostly, I was the one who was learning stuff. I learned so many things. I've never done a film that is called a comedy before. It was one of the reasons I really wanted to do the film, and I was very lucky that I was working with such brilliantly experienced people in the world of comedy, like (director) Jason [Winer], Russell [Brand] and (screenwriter) Peter [Baynham] and gratitude I get. It was my education.

Q2: Russell, how did your past history with addiction help inform your portrayal of Arthur?
RB: I am such a thorough actor that I did two decades of research into alcoholism, just to make sure it was 100% right. The difference, of course, is that Arthur is a fictional alcoholic and has much more latitude for clowning and fun, ...

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