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First Look: Official Photos of Russell Brand's 'Arthur' Remake

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August 30, 2010
Source: NY Times

Russell Brand in Arthur

We didn't write about the paparazzi photos of Russell Brand in various costumes (and even a Batmobile) for his comedy remake Arthur, mainly because we've been waiting for some official photos. The NY Times finally wrote a piece about Arthur and included a small gallery, which you can see here. Arthur is about an insanely rich, drunk playboy (Brand, not doing too much acting) who "stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman." It's a remake of a 1981 film and is being modernized. But don't worry, "Arthur is still very rich and very drunk; and a lush, gilded version of New York City serves as his personal playpen."

Click on any of the photos below to be taken to the full NY Times gallery of early official shots from Arthur.

Russell Brand in Arthur Photos

At the helm is Jason Winer, making his feature debut after lots of episodes of "Modern Family." Winer also brought along his (now Emmy winning) "Modern Family" writing crew for a "line-by-line dialogue tuneup" after screenwriters Peter Baynham and Jared Stern worked on the script first. But even then, most of it is improv and it sounds like most of the movie is coming together as they shoot. In addition to Russell Brand, Arthur stars Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig (as the main love interest), Luis Guzmán, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Garner. You can read the full NY Times piece for a profile on their NYC shoot. "You’d be crazy, as a writer, to have someone like Russell and not take the opportunity to revise and improve on the spot."

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  • SuicidalOptimist
    I like Brand for the most part; I think he's funny. However, I can't help but feel a little grossed out by his beardless face. I never noticed how weirdly shaped it was, it's freaking me out. >.<
  • Xerxex
    agreed suicidaloptimist, he looks like the guy from Tell Tale Heart...you know o.O
  • Akirakorn
    I dunno, he no cookie-cutter Hollywood Hunk (gagging as I type) but I think it's mostly Alex's 'unflattering photo' fetish.
  • Jason Roberts
    Dudley Moore is rolling over in his grave. This unnecessary remake looks absurd.
  • DoomCanoe
    ehh... he's as ugly as Moore
  • Beeblunt
    You CANNOT remake Dudley Moore! this will surely be disappointing.
  • bo
    something looks wrong with him in the picture on the right.
  • the douche
    Russell Brand couldn't even hold Dudley Moore's jock.
  • bozo
    I'd rather watch the original. :\
  • Duane
    You know what... looking at these pics... Russell could probably do Freddie Mercury over Sascha Baron Cohen.
  • i need a drink
    Dreadful.
  • Rob
    UGH!! WHINE WHINE WHINE! Get the fuck over yourselves. I got a simple solution for you... Get ready for it... Don't watch it.
  • The River Liver
    Well, The Americans killed the first one, I wonder what surprises they have in store when they do this one.
  • defiantfall
    Talk about running out of ideas, when did originality get thrown out of the window? Games have better stories, now if they had the damn decency to follow the games storyline correctly when converting it to a movie, then that would be good, classics are perfect the way they are. It's like Back to the future, I mean come on! are you serious??
  • http://twitter.com/annamorphos annamorphos
    Casting him in Dudley Moore's iconic role is a travesty, and casting Helen Mirren to play Hobson is a slap in the face to Sir John Gielgud. What on earth were they thinking?? This is almost as disrespectful as Willow Smith becoming the new Annie. Russell Brand looks like Riff Raff from Rocky Horror in that top hat! He seriously could be a dead ringer for Lurch from the Munsters. I don't understand why, with the many charming and talented British actors out there, they chose him! The only silver lining was that they didn't cast Katy Perry as Linda.
    • Tsh85
      OMG you certainly hit the nail on the head with this comment. I couldn't agree with you more. SORRY EXCUSE FOR A REMAKE of Arthur with Russell Brand. What a joke of an actor that guy is?? Do you really think anybody can replace Dudley Moore as Arthur....NOT?? You people really need to stop remaking classic movies and turning them into garbage. Use your brains and write some new material. It's getting pathetic!!! The criteria for talent in this country has hit an all time low.....mostly thanks to Disney. All these no talent Disney actors that can't dance act or sing but are making more money than all the other celebs in this country put together. It is PATHETIC. PS: Thank god ugly @ss Katy Perry isn't in it as well. Stick to Proactive commercials Perry. That's where your talent really shines.

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