Brand ducks out of 'Despicable Me' premiere

Russell Brand turned up at the European premiere of his new film, 'Despicable Me' - only to duck out before the film even started.

Russell Brand turned up at the European premiere of his new film, 'Despicable Me' - only to duck out before the film even started.

Wearing black skinny jeans, heeled cowboy boots and a leather jacket, the British funnyman, who missed the unveiling of his waxwork at Madame Tussauds and a book signing earlier in the day citing illness, walked down the bright yellow carpet with a couple of Minions at London’s Leicester Square yesterday, ahead of co-stars Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove, but immediately left on a motorcycle as soon as he finished his interviews.

“It’s just like the good old days when I always had a couple of little yellow minions following me around,” he said.

Brand, who lends his distinctive voice to evil sidekick Dr Nefario in the animated comedy, revealed how family, friends and Ray Winstone unknowingly inspired his character.

“I thought it would be nice to make him sound like a dirty old British person. My uncle Bert speaks like that, my mate Danny speaks like that, and Ray Winstone speaks like that,” he said.

Brand, 35, kept details of his forthcoming wedding close to his chest.

“I’ve no idea about the wedding. We might hold it in the Arctic now,” he joked.

Asked about his fiancée Katy Perry, who is due to perform on an upcoming episode of 'The X Factor', he said: “She’s out and about, ducking and diving.”

Carell – who recently starred with Paul Rudd in 'Dinner For Schmucks' – voices super-villain Gru, while Cosgrove of Nickelodeon’s 'iCarly' fame lends her talents to orphan Margo in 'Despicable Me'.

Jason Donovan, 'EastEnders' stars Nina Wadia and Nitin Ganatra, 'The Wanted' and TV presenters Dermot Murnaghan, Alice Beer and Caroline Flack also attended the premiere.

'Despicable Me', also featuring Jason Segel, Julie Andrews and Danny McBride, opens in cinemas on Friday.

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