Russell Brand wants to lead an organised revolution. The British comic made a name for himself on the stand-up circuit, before graduating into a fully-fledged Hollywood actor. He remains true to his English roots though, and in recent months has been trying to get people to support his push for change with the UK government. As well as suggesting people stop voting, he's also just brought out new book Revolution, where he outlines his views on today's society.
'Ultimately, I just have to hope that there are a significant number of people who feel like I feel'
"OK good. Thank you for pressing me on that," Russell smiled when a Time Out London reader asked if revolting will make people's lives worse. "Organised disobedience is the way to go about things. If you think, 'My council tax [British housing tax] is outrageous, I'm not going to pay it,’ then think to yourself, 'I wonder if anyone else down my street or in my flat feels the same?'
"Knock on some doors and say, 'I don't think we should pay this much council tax when they're trying to cut back on social housing. Why don't we all not pay?' As the great Eminem said, 'If you feel like I feel, I've got the antidote.’"
Last week the long-haired lothario visited New York's Occupy Wall Street, where he told protestors the money from sales of his latest book will be spent creating social enterprises that are not for profit and represent people.
While some fans are ready to join his fight, others worry he's neglecting his comedic day job and alienating audience members.
"I do have concerns, because I'm a comedian and I don't want this to start being some dry, bureaucratic fist pump... But I want to participate in people feeling connected to each other. I also think this'll be a laugh. Ultimately, I just have to hope that there are a significant number of people who feel like I feel," he explained.
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