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Actor Russell Brand Ropes Up at The Castle

Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author and activist who has replaced sex with rock climbing.

A number of news sources have reported that the pop icon’s decision to become celibate led him to find rock climbing.

Russell Brand's Rolling Stones Cover
Russell Brand’s Rolling Stone Cover

For now, the 39-year-old actor, who’s been in such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, is focusing his sending time at The Castle Climbing Centre in North London.

Brand hasn’t spoken directly to the media about his new hobby, but other climbers at the gym say he’s determined to “master” the sport.

The Castle Climbing Centre

“He’s really friendly and approaches other climbers for help and has admitted that he was scared at first,” said a fellow climber at The Castle.

Brand is tall and gangly, which could be beneficial on the rock if he learns some technique. Maybe one day he’ll be seen sending a test-piece at the famous Wales crag, Tremadog.

This seems a natural progression for Brand, who has long been a fan of meditation. “I’m quite an erratic thinker, quite an adrenalized person,” said Brand. “But after meditation, I felt this beautiful serenity and selfless connection. My tendency towards selfishness—I felt that exposed as a superficial and pointless perspective to have.”

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, Russell Brand’s website