Russell Brand Trailer-Palooza: Hop and Arthur
02.10.11 by Ryan
British comedian Russell Brand's slow ascent in America began by playing a spoiled, incorrigible rocker Aldous Snow in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall and reviving the character for the spin-off Get Him to the Greek.
After providing the voice for Dr. Nefario in last year's hugely successful Despicable Me, and showing he can perform Shakespeare in The Tempest, Brand is going for broke with two movies opening in April: the animated/live action hybrid Hop and Arthur, a remake of the 1981 comedy. Both movies have new trailers, which depict Brand back in incorrigible mode.
Hop re-teams Brand with Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment and follows Brand as the voice of a teenage Easter Bunny (or "E.B." for short) who dreams of becoming a drummer instead of taking over the family business. While the previously released teaser trailer only showed E.B. drumming away, the latest trailer actually shows the movie's plot, as E.B. travels to Los Angeles only to be hit by a car driven by an unemployed slacker (James Marsden) who reluctantly allows E.B. to convalesce in his home.
Arthur re-teams Brand with his Tempest co-star Helen Mirren as they take over the roles originally played by Dudley Moore and John Gielgud.
Much like the original, Arthur (Brand) is a spoiled millionaire who objects to the wedding his family imposes on him. The original scored Academy Award nominations for Moore and Gielgud, with Gielgud winning. The trailer for the remake shows Brand is taking a similar tact as Moore, making the role more playful and silly without being much of a drunk. While it looks promising, it likely won't be up for many awards.