Russell Brand Compares Addiction To Autism: ‘Everybody Is Somewhere On The Spectrum’

Russell Brand may be preparing for the world premiere of “Trolls”, but he addresses adult-themes like addiction and religion in a new interview.

Brand, 41, talks to ES Magazine about the dangers of addiction – particularly those accessible in everyday life: “Addiction is about the way you relate to the outside world. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a substance misuse problem, which drills it right down. If you’re not lucky, you’ll have a food, sex or spending issue; those things are insidious because they’re culturally endorsed, they’re habitual.”

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Adding: “[Addiction should] be regarded like autism. Everybody is somewhere on the spectrum. If you look at your own life, what is it you do that isn’t good for you and you can’t stop doing, even if it is seemingly innocuous, like the way you watch TV.”

The English comedian has been critical of capitalism in the past, but some have called Brand’s stance hypocritical due to his wealth: “I’m not going to let other people tie me down with hard and fast rules of whether I’m allowed to have Nike shoes. I don’t remember saying everyone should become a monk.”

He is also enrolling at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, with an interest in learning the “deep truths” of various religions. When it comes to his own religious beliefs, however, Brand remains uncertain. “I haven’t devoted myself to any specific ‘thing’ [religion] or teacher,” he reveals.

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Brand’s foray into the family friendly “Trolls” film comes at a perfect time – after all, he is expecting his first child with fiancee Laura Gallacher. “I’m very excited about becoming a dad and I’m preparing myself,” he says. “I am just getting ready to be with a new little person and see what it is they want.”

“Trolls” hits theatres across North America on November 4.

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