During a recent interview with The Financial Times to promote his newest book Revolution, comedian Russell Brand explained he finds no joy in money. “I’ve come from a very ordinary background and I’ve become a drug addict, I’ve lived for years on benefits and now I live a completely different life where I experience all of the glamour, all of the things that capitalism promises— fame, pop stardom, glory, money. And it’s worthless and it’s meaningless.”
And that’s a large part of Revolution, which spends a lot of time lambasting not only the government for failing miserably to affect any sort of meaningful change – especially fort the Middle Class – but also the news pundits who only make matters worse. During The Financial Times interview, he goes on to say that he’ll effectively end his acting career, although he’ll continue to perform stand-up comedy. And there’s always a possible future in politics.
“I’m not interested in making money any more,” Brand says, adding, “It makes me scared if I think about money too much, then it makes me feel guilty. The only thing I tell the people who look after my money is ‘make sure my f–king taxes are 100 per cent legitimately paid,’ and then I do my own s–t.”
When the Financial Times reporter asks Brand if he’d be willing, then, to give up the fame and every advantage that comes with it, Brand gets incredibly serious. “I’d give up everything. I’ve thought about this a lot, whether or not I’m prepared to go to prison or die for what I believe in. The answer is 100 per cent, without question, yes, I’m willing to die for this.”
Check out the full Financial Times profile here.