In a new documentary to air later this month on BBC Three, Russell Brand watches footage of himself smoking heroin in his 20s — and confesses that drug addiction felt so good that he longs to have it back.
In Russell Brand: From Addition To Recovery, the comic walks his friend Martino Sclavi through his addiction at his worst. While watching the footage of himself doing smack in a Hackney apartment, Brand muses, "This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the Savoy. I’m jealous of me then." He continues, "It doesn’t make a different to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict."
In April, he testified before Parliament about the UK’s drug policy, urging them to treat drug addiction as an illness, rather than solely a criminal problem. In his testimony, Brand confessed "I was a criminal when I was a drug addict by virtue of my addiction and the ways that I had to acquire money to get drugs." In the throes of his heroin addiction, the actor was told he only had six months to live; the 37-year-old has been clean for 10 years.