Hollywood pressure driving Russell Brand to the barber

Author: By Tom Rayner, Press Association

The actor, 34, denied he was ordered to visit the barber to play the lead in a
remake of Dudley Moore’s Arthur, but recognised his “scruffy” locks might
restrict future roles.

He said: “I can’t keep always playing long-haired, scruffy men, otherwise my
career would be limited.”

The Essex-born funny man played the pony-tailed spiv Flash Harry in St
Trinian’s and outrageous rocker Aldous Snow in the Hollywood romantic comedy
Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

But a sensible short-back-and-sides might be on the cards if Brand wants to
fulfil his ultimate ambition – to play France’s post-revolutionary military
dictator Napoleon Bonaparte.

He said: “I was hoping one day to play Napoleon, but I can’t play Napoleon as
this shaggy-haired, bearded raconteur.”

He joked: “But I did also want to play Rasputin, so that’ll be good, I can
look like this.”

The actor’s film career is burgeoning, including the remake of the debauched
playboy comedy Arthur which begins filming next year.

Brand will also reprise the role of Aldous Snow for spin-off film Get Him To
The Greek and is tipped to star alongside Dame Helen Mirren as jester
Trinculo in an upcoming adaptation of The Tempest.

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