Liam Payne to star in comic short film based on his AA experiences with Russell Brand
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Liam Payne has been outspoken about his drinking problems and is now discussing the role comedian Russell Brand played in his sobriety.
In an interview for the “Diary of a CEO” podcast, via the Daily mailPayne discussed attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with Brand, who is also recovering.
“There were everyone from prison guards and ex-soldiers to letter carriers and garbage cans, me and Russell,” he said.
“It was the strangest room. We’re in an old community church hall and he takes the chair and stands, ”recalls Payne.
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These experiences, Payne revealed, form the basis of a comedy short he stars in.
“I’m not going to hand over the script… and I haven’t spoken to Russ about it yet.” But I’m one of the characters, ”he explained.
“I am excited about the film. I showed it to a friend of mine and she laughed a lot, “Payne added.
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Recalling those meetings, Payne said, “I had something with a drink, and a guy called Chip Somers got me sober. I was sober for about a year and visited Russell Brand. We went to the meetings together.
Getting sober, Payne recalls, was a “lonely” fight. “I was at a point where I was too young to quit drinking and it turned my social life upside down. It was very lonely, ”he admitted. “A lot of things in my life have gone up, but a lot of things have gone down at the same time. It was all about pressing that reset button and realizing you could do without it.