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THE TEMPEST

RUSSELL BRAND (Trinculo) shot to fame in the US in 2008, when he was seen as the rocker Aldous Snow in the Judd Apatow–produced comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” The film, which was written by and starred Jason Segel, grossed $63 million at the domestic box office. 2008 also saw Brand star in the Walt Disney Pictures film "Bedtime Stories,” which also featured Adam Sandler and Keri Russell. It was in September of 2008, though, that Brand cemented his fame in the US as host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

2009 saw the US release of Brand's writing debut, "My Booky Wook.” The autobiography, already a huge success in the United Kingdom, went on to stay on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks in a row. Continuing his stand-up tour in the US, Brand's third live DVD was released after originally airing on Comedy Central. 2009 ended on an even brighter note for Brand when he assumed the role as host of the MTV Video Music Awards for the second year in a row and garnered the biggest VMAs audience since 2004 with nearly 9 million viewers.

2010 has been a busy year for Brand with the release of the hit comedy "Get Him to the Greek” in June 2010. Being reunited with producer Judd Apatow, Brand starred opposite Jonah Hill and reprised his iconic role as Aldous Snow. In July, Brand also lent his voice to the role of Dr. Nefario in the hit animated feature film "Despicable Me,” which to date has garnered $118 million at the domestic box office and included the vocal talents of Steve Carell and Jason Segel. Still to come this year is a role in "The Tempest” due out in December. Upcoming roles for Brand include the titular character in the remake of "Arthur” as well as the voice of Easter Bunny in "Hop,” opposite James Marsden, set for release on Easter 2011.

In addition to acting, Brand's second book, "My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal” was released on October 12, 2010.

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