Russell Brand on ‘Get Him To The Greek’: ‘I set myself on fire on set’

Comic also reveals 'awkward threesome' moment

Russell Brand has spoken about the time he set himself on fire during filming for his forthcoming film, Get Him To The Greek.

His role as Aldous Snow is a reprisal of his character in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In the new film Snow fronts a band named Infant Sorrow. Brand has previously said the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Liam Gallagher have inspired the part.

Brand told Tufts Daily: “I got set on fire once. There’s a bit in the movie where I do a concert, and there’s a wall of sparks raining down from the heavens. And it caught me on fire. I stood in the wrong place; I caught on fire for a little. That was a bad bit.”

He also spoke of “awkward” sex scenes. “Sex scenes are actually sort of stressful,” he said. “Not like actual sex – not as I know it. The threesome scene was really awkward and difficult.

“Because sex, when it’s done properly, is about creating a wonderful atmosphere of intimacy, escape and adventure. Sex scenes are about hesitant, angular, choreographed moves.

“And this is a comedy sex scene as well, so it goes on for ages, and you’re standing with no pants, hunched over someone. You’re aware of each other’s breath mingling but without the bassline of lust pounding rhythmically through the act. It’s awful.”