I don’t think anyone was particularly surprised when Katy Perry and Russell Brand‘s whirlwind relationship/marriage went down the tubes. They seemed in some ways like kindred spirits, but in many others like an odd couple whose differences would never really be reconciled. Up until now, however, it seemed unclear what was REALLY behind the split. Was it cocaine? Was it sex addiction? It seems like it was neither, in fact. Instead, according to a new documentary about Brand’s life, it seems like Katy just wasn’t quite noble enough for him.
The documentary, entitled BRAND: A Second Coming, was filmed over 7 years and is getting its first screening at SXSW. Since it took place over so many years, of course Katy is involved in parts and at one point, the pair sit down together for a joint interview, which The Daily Beast wrote up as follows:
In a scene in BRAND, he visits protesters sans Perry while on break from filming his studio romantic comedy Arthur. Then the comedian, who at one point tried to direct the documentary himself, sits with his wife in their home for an interview that goes south.
Struggling to answer Brand’s query about the existential pickle of money and fame, Perry demurs. “I think you’re a genius and you make me look good, and that’s why I picked you,” she chirps. (If any single sound bite goes viral from this film, it might well be Perry declaring, “I control the pussy” to the camera in a baby voice as she abruptly ends the interview.)
Following their split, a deflated Brand ponders why the marriage failed. “We were going in different directions,” he sighs. “Possibly opposite directions.”
Yikes. I mean, sure – if Russell was in a phase where he wanted to be more philanthropic and shun the trappings of fame, obviously that’s going to conflict with Katy’s career, which was on the rise x 500 during their relationship. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with either, but it certainly wasn’t going to mix. The world may never know!