Hugh Laurie vs. Russell Brand: Who would you rather?


These are photos from this weekend’s premiere of Hop, in which Russell Brand voices some version of the cartoon Easter Bunny. The film is a blend of cartoon/CGI animation and live-action, with proper actors and everything. I knew that Brand was voicing the “next” Easter Bunny (and what a raunchy choice that was), and I knew that James Marsden was “starring” in the live-action part of the film, but Hugh Laurie’s involvement comes as a surprise. It turns out, Hugh is voicing the Easter Bunny’s father. So… he has to be Russell Brand’s dad. God save us all.

So as Russell and Hugh posed together at the premiere, I have to ask – which would you rather? For some, it might be a toss up. Both Hugh and Rusty are funny men, and both are rather unconventionally attractive. Both seem rather brilliant in their own way too. Rusty is younger, but Hugh has more experience. My choice: I’d rather go to bed with Hugh. I find him more physically attractive. That’s not a knock on Russell though – I find him attractive mostly because I think he’s smart and funny, but physically, he doesn’t do much for me. In general, I only care Russell when he’s attached to Helen Mirren or when I’m reading one of his interviews. Speaking of, Russell has a new one with Parade:

Parade: Have you gotten used to living in Los Angeles?
Brand: I passed my driver’s license test! My friend Danny says I drive like I’m at a funeral: sensible and calm.

How do you unwind on Sundays?
I hang out with my wife. I like to read, play with our cat, and watch English football. I have a pair of West Ham United slippers and some stripey thermal long johns I romp around in. Very comfy stuff.

What about your tight pants—are they ever hard to get off?
Never too much trouble. You can have zippers fitted at the ankle—they can be helpful. If you have trouble getting pants off, that’s excessive. Once it’s restrictive, you’re out of fashion and into bondage.

What’s the best thing about being married?
Having a friend, having consistency in your life. I didn’t come from a big family, so building a family is important to me. Some of my friends have children, and they take your life to different places. That’s something I want to be as involved in as possible, especially once they start laughing and doing stuff.

Do you like making kids’ movies?
I do. Children live in a world where there is a lot of imagination and freedom, and that’s a nice place to inhabit as a comedian.

What would we be surprised to know about you?
That I’m really kind of shy and normal when I’m at home. All the showing-off stuff is about work.

What were Easters like growing up in England?
I remember watching The Muppet Show one year—and liking too much chocolate. Anything that helps put chocolate in your tummy is an embraceable holiday.

Does the bunny in Hop look like you?
I think there are some facial expressions and dental similarities. Other than that, it’s a creation of the brilliant animators.

Was it hard playing a drunk in Arthur now that you’re sober?
It was difficult, yeah. That was one of the areas I had to work on a lot. I carried a bottle of booze on set and smelled it while we were doing those scenes. [Director] Jason Winer and I had a code for the level of drunkenness in a particular scene: from one to four, one being a little buzzed and four being sloshed. But it’s not a tragic portrayal of a drunken man; it’s not like Leaving Las Vegas.

You worked with Helen Mirren on both Arthur and The Tempest. Did you bond through humor?
She could get along with anybody, but, yeah, I think we connected with humor. She has a beautiful work ethic and doesn’t make a fuss about anything. I’ve never met anyone more worthy of the title Dame.

Now that you’re doing films, is this the end of Russell the comedian?
No, I love stand-up more than anything. If you’re talking, why not make people laugh?

[From Parade]

Putting aside his burning love for Dame Mirren for a moment, I found his comments on the idea of becoming a father most interesting: “I didn’t come from a big family, so building a family is important to me. Some of my friends have children, and they take your life to different places. That’s something I want to be as involved in as possible, especially once they start laughing and doing stuff.” That’s why he got married – he was just ready to be married, and he thinks he’s ready to be a father, and he simply married the first girl he saw. It’s kind of sad because I don’t think Katy is in any way ready to put her career on hold to start popping out Brand babies. It’s going to be a mess when this thing falls apart.

Anyway, if you want a really hard choice, which would you rather between these two?


Gross, right? Here are some more pics to cleanse the palate:




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Glyrics says:


  2. Celebitchy says:

    Hugh Laurie, but I would take Brand if I had to choose between him and The Hoff.

  3. liz says:

    Um, Hugh Laurie, like times 100. There’s something severely wrong with Russell Brand’s eyes, I mean among other things.

  4. Eve says:

    That shouldn’t even be a question: Hugh Laurie.

  5. WYIJM says:

    How is this even a question? Hugh’s one of the sexiest men ever!

    But yeah, Russel over The Hoff any day.

  6. Alice says:

    Hugh. Russel is really, really ugly. But I’m with Celebitchy, if it was between Brand and Hoff, I’m with Brand.

  7. sasa says:

    Candle light dinner with Hugh and then getting drunk with Russell. Forget about sex, I want their companionship.

    (sex with Helen)
    lol Just kidding.

  8. Coco says:

    Hugh Laurie, Russell Brand scares me.

  9. Ariana says:

    I would definitely take Hugh Laurie. I love him on “House”. He’s got it going on.

  10. MikeyAngel says:

    Hugh Laurie. James Marsden usually is quite the cutie, but looks like a damn cartoon character in the pic above. His damn teeth look ginormous. He looks like Jack Nicholson’s Joker.

  11. Melanie says:

    Funny, I just saw Get Him to The Greek this weekend. Brand has a sexy little (wittle) english way bout him Govner.

  12. poof says:

    I would rather NEITHER.

  13. Quest says:

    I would not choose either:

    Funny guys – yes
    Sexy – meh, but Russell seems to have some dirty little secrets that might intrigue me if given the chance.

    Hmmmm… still – none

  14. Celia says:

    Hugh Laurie for sure!! He’s the only man beyond 40, I would do anytime!

  15. SHump says:

    HUGH. I love him on House, sure, but he’s even better with his own accent. Black Adder, A Bit Of Fry And Laurie. Gah. I <3 him SO much!!!

  16. Sarah says:

    Hugh Laurie in a heartbeat! Russell Brand is so um just no. lol.

  17. guesty says:

    Neither. I’d rather be celibate for the rest of my life.

  18. Jillian says:

    Neither. Russell is so annoying and that voice. My god.

  19. Jennifer says:

    C) None of the above.

  20. heylee says:

    Brand is ewwy… look at those caterpillars above his eyes and there is something creepy about his hair/face combination. Boo!

    On the other hand I could stare into those beautiful baby blue eyes for as long or as short as Hugh would have me for…

  21. Diane says:

    Hugh, absolutely.

  22. alejandra says:


  23. RHONYC says:

    (russell looks like his own wax museum figure doopleganger, sheesh!)

  24. BW says:

    Bertie Wooster for the win.

  25. Dana says:

    Hugh. Even as the fey prince on Black Adder. PS He wrote a good spy thriller called “the gun seller”.

  26. truetalk says:

    @ MikeyAngel; James Mardsen’s teeth are ginormous??!!!what abt Russell Brand’s in that last pic????

  27. Becca says:

    I’d pick Hugh. Between Russell & The Hoff I would pick Russell!

  28. someone says:

    Hugh …absolutely…

  29. Rita says:

    I’d rather check into a convent for a week-end of reflective meditation.

  30. Isabel says:

    What! How is this a real question? HUGH x 1000. He’s already on my list, no need for a Russel Brand (ewwww) matchup.

  31. Eleonor says:

    Hugh Laurie, always.

  32. Leslie says:

    Oh Hugh, I just think sex with Russell would end up with antibiotics or a UTI

  33. Geekylove says:

    Always, always, always laurie!!!
    On top of the fact that he is attractive to me and a really great actor-he was in “Black Adder”, and that is Like a joker card in my world!!!
    Btw, who hasn’t seen that jewel of british humor and rowan atkinson…..people, you’re missing a lot.;))

  34. curmudgeon says:

    Brand has something when he’s doing his shtick, but I have to say every photo I see of him is utterly vile. That photo of his horse mouth ruined my breakfast. Seriously

  35. TQB says:

    This is not a question. I’d rather bang Hugh than my husband. And I think he’d be ok with that.

    Brand v. Hoff, I’d go Brand. I mean he must be good from all the experience, so it would be worth a roll. The Hoff is skeezy.

    Edited to add: “I’ve never met anyone more worthy of the title Dame.” I do love him for the way he loves Helen…

  36. gobo says:

    Russel Brand does not photograph well.

  37. DetRiotgirl says:

    Wow. No love for team Brand here! But, yes, I would definitely take Hugh over Russell too.

    Russell is kind of charming and funny, but that doesn’t make up for his crazy eyes! Seriously, those aren’t sexy crazy eyes either. They’re more like “dude who wakes up in the middle of the night to do eastern religious chants and one handed cartwheels” crazy eyes. Not sexy.

  38. lilred says:

    Why is The Hoff dressed like Colonel Sanders?

  39. Marie says:

    I feel like I need to wash with a firehose for even looking at Brand..Yuck!

  40. sapphire says:

    Hugh, hands down. I have always thought he was kinda hot.

  41. Erika says:

    Russell Brand was really hot, in my opinion, before he cut off his mop of crazy hair and started shaving his face.

    But Hugh Laurie still wins.

  42. Javagirl1 says:

    Hugh Laurie for sure.

  43. Erandyn says:

    I just realised what I find so off-putting about Russell… he’s got a Jim Carrey idiot-attention-whore thing going on (that horse faced pic at the end connected the dots for me).

  44. MikeyAngel says:

    @TrueTalk, yes Brand’s teeth are huge as well, but I never thought he was cute. Marsden on the other hand was always a cutie, in my opinion, and this is the first pic where I was like hmmmmm?

  45. original kate says:

    hugh laurie, for shizzle.

  46. Darlene says:

    dude, is there even a question?

    Hugh Laurie, FTW.

  47. OtherChris says:

    Hugh Laurie. I wouldn’t bone Russel Brand with my worst enemy’s vagina.

  48. I'm a cyborg says:

    Love Black Adder

  49. dahlia1947 says:

    Hugh for sure.

  50. TXCinderella says:

    Hands down, Hugh Laurie. Russell Brand reminds me too much of Charles Manson and I can’t stand his voice either. Granted he is quirky and funny, but I want to clench my teeth when he talks.

  51. Circe says:

    Hugh Laurie, because he was in Blackadder and anyone who was in Blackadder automatically qualifies.

    Except maybe Baldrick.

  52. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I don’t even understand what you’re saying to me, this isn’t a question. Would you rather eat your favourite meal as your favourite movie plays in front of you or mate with a mongoose caught in a fan belt? I don’t truly know what kinds of people these two men are, but this doesn’t even make sense. Gorgeous Georgina is still a riot over 20 years after the fact, do I dare think about what sorts of voodoo pickling processes will preserve this flash in the fanny bronzer pirate? I don’t even have anything against him, but you do know you’re inviting Lovecraftian levels of menace by even suggesting that Ruffles would be the more taste-appropriate choice for some mortals without the universe being rent in twain and sending us flying through the impassive cosmos, right? Maybe you don’t care about the structural integrity of this dimension, but I do.

    Um, yes, I do believe I’ll take the soup of the day over being boiled alive, garçon.

  53. Enny says:

    Why oh why is Russell wearing so much foundation?

  54. B says:

    Yuck. They both look like they have smelly cocknbawls. Ewww.

  55. Tara says:

    Both Hugh and Russell! At once, maybe?

  56. gg says:

    Laurie, without question.

    Brand looks to me like a very, very ugly woman.

  57. Victoire says:


  58. xxodettexx says:

    hugh! all the way!

    while russell seems like he would be fun to hang out with as a friend, i cannot imagine getting past his voice! whereas hugh laurie, le sigh… love his voice!

  59. Eve says:

    Oh, count me among The Blackadder’s fans.

  60. Ell says:

    I don’t find either if then attractive but I’d rather hang out with Russell than Hugh any day. Hugh barely registers here in the UK and has never been considered attractive. He’s a bit of a bore.

    On the other hand Russell, comes across as kind, sensitive and interesting. He’s far too good for Katy.

  61. Liana says:

    Hugh Laurie is actually on of my free passes. So yeah. Hugh, all the way.

  62. dh says:

    hugh. But not with the hair hes sporting in these pics.

  63. Elizabeth says:

    Hugh Laurie for sure – I’ve always thought Russell Brand looked kinda funny, like an unattractive guy in drag!

  64. sandy says:

    Hugh, for sure, but brand a close second, he’s entertaining.

  65. the original bellaluna says:

    And it’s Hugh for the win!

  66. OriginalGracie says:

    I have never watched House so I don’t know how I feel about Hugh Laurie.

    But I do know that I would definately do Russell all night long. And again in the morning.

    I hope that doesn’t make me trashy.

  67. Anna says:

    I’d be afraid of catching something off Brand.

  68. mln76 says:

    Am I the only one who finds House really annoying?? I would take Brand over Laurie although he’s not my ideal… I have an affection for him but he isn’t the sexiest man on earth.

  69. Deven says:

    There is no question in the universe!!! Hugh, Hugh, HUGH!

  70. imherenow says:


  71. Sparkly says:

    Hugh! Russell Brand squicks the hell out of me, and no way would I touch anything Katy Perry got first.

  72. Jane Q. Doe says:

    Add me to the Hugh list! Even if he’s been wearing that stupid studded belt in publicity pics since “House” began…
    Looking forward to his blues album coming out, too.

    I agree with y’all above – Russell looks oddly waxy. Too much makeup?

  73. Hooblie says:

    My lady parts ran away at the vision of brands teeth

  74. Emma says:

    Both, simultaneously, please.

  75. Jess says:

    hugh hugh hugh!

  76. Penguen says:

    Is it just me or is Russell’s face totally jacked?

  77. Alix says:

    This is a complete no-brainer: HUGH!

  78. poodlemom says:

    I always thought “The Hoff” was so handsome. So..I would “Hit The Hoff” if he was sober…

  79. Jamie says:

    Don’t find either of them attractive. But I can’t stand Russell Brand, so definitely Hugh Laurie.

  80. Lee says:

    Honey…no question….HUGH

  81. Evy says:

    Hugh !! no question about it !!

  82. Valerie says:

    Hugh. Full stop.

  83. Rosanna says:

    pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease Russel get your eyebrows done!!! Thanks 🙂

  84. Laura says:

    Deffo Hugh! no question there

  85. LBeees says:

    Hugh Laurie. No question.

    Lbeees is not interested in wax-face. No.

  86. ordinarygirl86 says:

    Hugh-HANDS DOWN!

    Russell looks like the type who’d want to model my lingerie for me….(shudders)

  87. wunderkindt says:

    The magnificant Mr. Hugh Laurie!

  88. lucy2 says:

    Not even a question – Hugh.

    Russell freaks me out/annoys me so much (especially with all these damn Hop commercials) that in question #2, I’d seriously consider the Hoff. Unless running away screaming was an option.

  89. Kati says:

    People that say ‘neither’ are so annoying. Learn to play the game please.

    Hugh Laurie

  90. kikay says:

    hugh laurie,russel brand looks like the guy from the walking dead series,you know(the zombie)ewwwww!

  91. poster 1 says:

    Hugh! Russel looks like he smells and sweats badly.

  92. loopygorilla says:

    um i prefer to be a nun.

  93. Jane E says:

    Hugh hands down!. He has the most beautiful blue eyes. He is also so sexy. He wears the 5:00 shadow better than anyone.

  94. bex says:

    Bertie Wooster for me too! Brand looks as though he is really, really hairy but waxes his chest and neck, shudder.

  95. MourningTheDeathofMusic says:

    lilred: “Why is The Hoff dressed like Colonel Sanders?”


    Hugh Laurie can take me in the trenches or on a gurney any time, any place.

  96. Eve says:

    @ Hooblie:

    My lady parts ran away at the vision of brands teeth.

    LOL! I had this vision of your lady parts running away in tiny little legs (in high heels, of course).

  97. lorna keay says:

    Russell definately….over anyone.

  98. Hammer says:

    Awesome, aweseome comments, but I want to point out the awesomest of the awesome:

    OtherChris: “Hugh Laurie. I wouldn’t bone Russel Brand with my worst enemy’s vagina.”

    Hooblie: “My lady parts ran away at the vision of brands teeth.”

    Jo ‘Mama’ Besser: Every word of it.

    Leslie: “Oh Hugh, I just think sex with Russell would end up with antibiotics or a UTI”

    *Bon-Jovi-“Living on a Prayer”-encore-clap for all of you*

    For me…Hugh all the way, I don’t care if he is getting bald on top. I’d encourage him to talk, a lot.

    As for Russell…no the hell way. Just looking at him, I feel like things might be crawling on him and that there’s probably an incurable rash that’s set up permanent housekeeping in the nether regions. So, there’s that.

    And Hoff? I might, if it were between him and Brand, and somebody was holding my shitzsu for ransom until I did the deed, and it’s agreed that he won’t sing or talk and also that I can cry and gag until sweet daylight comes.

  99. harfang says:

    LOL @Eve & @Hooblie 😀

    Your token female homosexual votes Hugh Laurie 100%. But hopefully with his real accent.

  100. Nicky says:

    I’d choose Russell without having to give it a second thought.

    I feel very badly for him b/c he is so trying very hard to be good for Katy. I think she is going to break his heart. I think she married him w/o thinking. He is the reformed bad boy and I believe that is the only reason she married him. She was fascinated and found him ‘exciting’. I think it’s going to wear off and Russell is going to be crushed. Maybe Helen and him will hook up then…LOL.