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Arthur

Russell Brand steps into Dudley Moore's shoes in a remake of the 1981 hit about a booze-loving playboy

Helen Mirren, Russell Brand | DRUNKEN PLAYBOY Helen Mirren and Russell Brand in Arthur

DRUNKEN PLAYBOY Helen Mirren and Russell Brand in Arthur (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros)

STARRING Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, and Jennifer Garner
DIRECTED BY Jason Winer

Madcap Brit Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) steps into the shoes of the late madcap Brit Dudley Moore in a remake of the 1981 hit about a booze-loving playboy. So what’s the main difference between the two? ”I’m a foot taller,” Brand deadpans. ”Also, [the first] Arthur was kind of edgy. The tone of this film reminds me of Tootsie and Big.” Plus, Arthur’s quippy butler, Hobson — Jon Gielgud in the original — is now a quippy nanny played by Helen Mirren. ”It elevates the entire film,” says Brand. ”She drags the whole average up.” —Adam Markovitz