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Saturday 31 January 2015

Russell Brand to host MTV Movie Awards

Russell Brand
Russell Brand

Russell Brand promises this year's MTV Movie Awards will be "more impressive" than the hit Avengers film.

The comedian has been named the host of the event which will air live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on June 3.

The Get Him to the Greek star will lead the fan-voted ceremony which honours the best films over the past year.

"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," Russell told MTV News.

Executive producer for the awards Jesse Ignjatovic believes the actor will take the show by storm.

Jesse has seen what Russell is capable of during his two stints hosting the MTV Video Music Awards.

"First of all, I think Russell's the perfect host for this show," he said.

"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."

The producer believes Russell's ability to improvise will prove valuable to the live broadcast. Jesse is confident that the star will work well without a script.

"Whatever we end up creating around him within the show, he brings that danger thing as well," he 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."

Jesse is also a fan of Russell's candid sense of humour. He believes that Russell will have the audience in stitches.

"He has amazing comedic chops. He's brilliant. He touches all of the areas that I think are important to us," he said. "Add to that I think he's one of the most professional people I've worked with in terms of comedians. He's well-studied and very dedicated to his craft. I think we're very fortunate that he said 'yes.' "

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