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Russell Brand enjoys encouraging "beautiful mischief" in children.
The British star splits his time between his homes in Los Angeles and the UK, and he is often on the road to promote his various projects. He was recently interviewed by American radio personality Howard Stern about his famous neighbours in the US and took the opportunity during a chat on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show to clear up rumours he had let homeless people stay in his pad while he was away.
"We all do the neighbourhood watch. Me, Keanu and Jennifer Aniston just keeping an eye out on things. My shift is on a Wednesday," Russell joked to host Nick Grimshaw.
"[Howard said] 'All your neighbours are upset because you've let loads of homeless people in your house', and I said 'No, that's my manager! People just think he's homeless cos of how he looks!'
"No, [I've] never really [seen Keanu and Jennifer]. I literally have only seen them about once."
One of the ventures Russell is currently endorsing is the first story of his kids' Trickster Tales series, his take on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It's the classic tale of the title character enticing little ones away by playing a harmonious tune on his instrument after the town is overrun with rats; a concept which Russell finds incredibly intriguing.
He also hopes his book will support youngsters gaining their own political opinions, being a regular activist himself.
"That story, the Pied Piper, is an interesting folk tale, 'cos it seems in a way an overreaction that the Pied Piper steals our town's children just because they didn't pay for the pest control. You sort of think, well what's that story trying to tell you?" he explained. "And I think it's about tuning in to different ways of thinking, and I was told once it's really important to communicate messages to children because they're very open, suggestible little beings. So that book I'm really sort of proud of it and pleased with it. It's a good way of encouraging beautiful mischief."
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