Russell Brand’s previous life of debauchery is well documented, and he has always been open and honest about his former addiction to heroin.
Now the British comedian is putting his smack past on display as part of a TV documentary to aired in the UK this month.
The UK’s Sun newspaper has got its hands on the first screen grabs from the show, which sees Brand sitting on the floor smoking smack in a dingy flat.
Surprisingly, when watching the clip in his hotel room at the upmarket Savoy hotel, Brand admits he’s jealous of his younger self.
“This is when you know it’s a disease,” he claims. “It doesn’t matter that I was sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the Savoy. I’m JEALOUS of me then.
“It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict.”
In the powerful documentary titled “Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery”, the 37-year-old details how the drug nearly destroyed him.
“Heroin is a greedy drug, it’ll take everything,” he said. “First it’ll take your money. Then it’ll take your friends, your family, your car, your house.
“Then it’s going to take bits of your body. In the end I used to be scoring with people that had eyes missing, limbs missing.
“You’ll take it until it takes your life. It’ll take everything until the last thing and you’ll gladly give it that rather than give up the drugs.”
Brand, who was married to Katy Perry, has been clean for a decade after checking into the Focus 12 centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 2002.
“This was the beginning of a life-long journey of doing things differently,” he said of his 12-week stint at the facility.