Russell Brand To Make MTV Movie Awards Hosting Debut
Meet your 2012 MTV Movie Awards host - Russell Brand.
The British stand-up, actor, ex-Mr. Katy Perry and star of his own FX comedy series "Brand X" is no MTV awards show newbie. He previously helmed the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards before his "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him To The Greek" movie roles earned him a degree of notoriety.
He's already guaranteed a spectacle "more impressive than 'The Avengers'," Reuters reports.
"With his amazing ability to span the full spectrum of comedy from the most high to low brow, Russell's smart, unpredictable wit uniquely connects him to our audience," MTV President Stephen Friedman said.
Brand's 2008 gig lived up every bit to how Friedman characterizes him. It's worth noting that by that point, not only was Brand not as well-known stateside as he is now, but he also hadn't yet met Perry and started confronting his drug and alcohol issues. He's still known as much as ever for a style rooted in raunch and off-the-cuff humor - not entirely unlike Ricky Gervais - but his style should have him right at home amid a ceremony known more for spectacle than pomp and circumstance.
The annual fan-voted honors will emanate live from Los Angeles June 3 on MTV. This year's nominations are ruled by a combination of "Bridesmaids" - a movie with more than enough slightly raunchy humor to keep Brand going - and "The Hunger Games", with each notching eight nominations. Presenters thus far include Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg.
As for Brand, he joins a fraternity of Movie Award ringmasters that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Fallon, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Lindsay Lohan and Jason Sudeikis.
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