Russell Brand To Host The 2012 MTV Movie Awards


MTV has announced today that Russell Brand will be hosting this year’s 2012 MTV Movie Awards on June 3rd. This will be Russell’s first time hosting the MTV Movie Awards, but he has done work on an MTV trophy show and MTV Music Video Awards back in 2008 and 2009. What do you think of the British comedian, star of the upcoming film Rock of Ages hosting this year’s fan-voted awards? Thumbs up or down?

“MTV Movie Awards incorporates two of my favorite things. Movies and Awards. If somehow group sex could be involved it would be the greatest night of my life,” Russell Brand said of his hosting gig. “This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than ‘The Avengers’ and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out.”

Jesse Ignjatovic, the executive producer for the show, spoke with MTV News about Brand and why he was a clear choice as host. “First of all, I think Russell’s the perfect host for this show,” said Ignjatovic, who previously worked with Brand during his two stints hosting the VMAs. “He’s a movie star. He’s probably one of the most brilliant stand-ups that I’ve seen in his time, and he’s a rock star…

“Whatever we end up creating around him within the show, he brings that danger thing as well,” Ignjatovic said. “We’d love for the show to live there, where you don’t know how he’s going to react to something in the moment. He’s so sharp and witty and on his game that that’s an exciting place to live.”

The star of movies like Get Him To The Greek is known for his humor, but not everyone finds him that funny. It is definitely an interesting choice for the MTV Movie Awards to go with Russell. I’m not sure I quite know how I feel about it just yet. From a promotional perspective, it will be a good opportunity for him to promote his new film, Rock of Ages, which comes out June 15th. MTV has also announced some of their other celeb presenters, and they too have summer movies coming out – surprise, surprise! They include Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone; the Show White and the Huntsman cast, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth; and Prometheus’s Michael Fassbender.

Russell definitely has that rock n’ Roll vibe down pat, bridging the gap between music and film, and if that is the feel and theme they are going for this year then I guess it does make sense that he is the host. Lets hope that he does actually bring a bit of danger and spontaneity to the show though, as they have said they’re looking for. Russell and ex-wife Katy Perry got together at the 2009 Video Music Awards, so maybe he is out looking for a new wife? LOL! Are you happy about Russell Brand as this year’s host?

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  • Amarie

    I wonder what Katie Perry did when she heard this? You know she’s gonna win some awards or something and he’ll be right there on the stage with her! lol.

  • IMHO, he ruined the MTV VMAs and I have no doubt that he will ruin the MTV Movie Awards, too. Dislike.

    • Tracy

      Oh Trent – – you took the words out of my mouth. I thought he was always a terrible host. He has a really bad habit of talking over people, and he always interrupts everyone at the wrong time.

  • rinachandayo

    Noooo….he was the worst host ever, I couldn’t finish watching it last time he hosted. So annoying.

  • AmandaPanda

    I LOVE Russell Brand! He is the ONLY host (aside from maybe NPH) that they could’ve gotten who would make me want to tune in.

    • ChristineLA

      Cosign! I was lucky enough to see his stand up in person, and he is easily the smartest and funniest comedian alive today. I have never seen anyone who is able to think on their feet as quickly as Russell Brand, and he does it in such an intelligent way. I can watch the DVD extras for his live show in New York over and over again and die laughing each time. I mean, the man managed to bring Neville Chamberlain into it, and it was all entirely off the cuff. Genius, he’s a genius.

  • Liz

    Meh, not a fan. Not funny and half of the time I can’t even understand what he is saying and I am married to a Brit!

  • Isabelle

    Oh come on, not that ape again.

  • DJ

    I’ll take Russell Brand over the horrendous waste of human plasma known as Chelsea Handler any day. SHE ruined the awards way more than Russell ever could’ve. Massively untalented woman (and I use that term loosely).

  • Alicia B

    aaand now I wont be watching them. UGH! :(

  • rOXy

    No. Not a fan. At all.

  • cinner

    Loooooove him, hes funny as hell if you get his sense of humor, he is a great choice!