Russell Brand called in to promote his new FX series, 'Brand X', but Howard was more interested in the kiss he shared with Alec Baldwin in 'Rock of Ages.' Russell deadpanned: "We really sort of skirted around it, he and I. Because he's a sort of big, macho fellow, Alec Baldwin. There was a sort of tension between us, but I felt really warm towards him...so I just thought, 'Try to just squeeze out the residue of that paternal affection and spray it into his mouth like a tomcat.'" Howard noted that Russell had also once given a man a handjob, so Russell cut in: "I would like to provide some context at this junction 'cause I was on drugs at that time and it was an experimental television show where I challenged myself to cross social boundaries in order to see how many drugs I'd taken. … When that man sprayed out that ribbon of gray jism, I felt very little but shame."
Asked when he realized his marriage to Katy Perry had been a mistake, Russell joked: "As I was sliding the ring on. I caught the eye of the man conducting the ceremony and thought, 'My God, he's gorgeous.'" Russell later added, seriously: "I was really, really in love with her but then it was sort of difficult to see each other. She's young and pursuing her career. And she should be. She's successful and dedicated." On that note, Russell said he regretted joking about it: "I don't want anything to hurt her. She's younger than me. She's a young woman and she's beautiful and she's sensitive. And I care about her very deeply so I don't like to be too glib about it. You know what it's like, Howard. You say something as a joke and they may write it as if it wasn't a joke and she'll read it and she'll be sad. I just don't want that. … I got married because I fell in love and I got divorced because it wasn't working."
Committed to Hedonism...and Yoga
Howard referenced recent reports that Russell was dating actress Jordana Brewster's sister, Isabella, and Russell confirmed it ("That's true, actually.") but refused to say if she was the woman in bed next to him: "I can't do that. It's a human being. It'll be in the papers." Russell said he was "committed to hedonism", but insisted his sex life wasn't as wild as the tabloids say: "I meditate and do yoga more than I have sex."