Russell Brand doc opens at SXSW—without Russell Brand

March 14, 2015 5:10 AM

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AUSTIN — BRAND: A Second Coming, the new documentary on the turbulent life of British actor/comedian Russell Brand, offers all the elements one would expect from such a work: Brand being hilarious on stage, Brand strung out on drugs, Brand flirting with crowds of eager women, Brand naked on a police van waving a red flag.

But the most revealing moments in BRAND, which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival Thursday night, are the small snippets when he looks directly at the camera and offers glimpses into his stormy psyche.

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