Remaking “Arthur” was a nice idea — until screenwriter Peter Baynham turned Arthur Bach’s butler into his nanny.
“From that point on it was a film that was going to happen,” says Russell Brand, who produces and well as stars in “Arthur.”
Arthur’s being a funny drunk necessitated another, more obvious change.
“You have to tip around it,” Brand begins. “In 1981 when Dudley Moore was being a drunk, alcoholism was hilarious fun. There’s a fat man lying on his face — is there anything more satisfying? Yes, fellatio. But after that there’s a fat man lying on his face. But yes, nowadays we have a different attitude, because it ruins people’s lives. We deal with that by providing a different resolution to the story.”
Brand voices the Easter Bunny in the upcoming animated ‘Hop’.” What kind of bunny be he?
“A cheeky, lovable, mischievous one.”