MTV has chosen Russell Brand as the host of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The British comedian, whose career in the US reached a whole new level after he hosted the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2008 and 2009, has been handpicked for the MMAs duty because of his part-time affiliation with rock and roll music.
In MTV’s official press statement, which was released earlier today, Brand said: “This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than ‘The Avengers,’ and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out.”
The MTV Movie Awards’ executive producer will be Jesse Ignjatovic, under whom Brand worked during his VMAs stint. About the Essex-born funnyman, Ignjatovic said: “He brings the funny but he also has that rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic.”
MTV President Stephen Friedman also chipped in by saying: “With his amazing ability to span the full spectrum of comedy from the most high to lowbrow, Russell’s smart, unpredictable wit uniquely connects him to our audience. His rock-n-roll sensibility and fearlessness give us the perfect partner with whom to take a leap of faith with as we meld the worlds of movies and music together on one very special night.”
This year’s MMAs are scheduled to take place at Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre. MTV will broadcast the show live on June 3.