Celeb Do-Gooder: Russell Brand Gives Homeless Man a Shirt and a Ride

Comic opens his heart to help a down-on-his-luck man apparently living on the streets

By Josh Grossberg Sep 14, 2012 7:53 PMTags
Russell BrandBruja/Juan Sharma, PacificCoastNews.com

Russell Brand is paying it forward.

The funnyman, who's had his own well-documented struggles with substance abuse before cleaning up his act, came to the aid of a homeless man in Los Angeles yesterday.

Per the U.K.'s Daily Mail, the 37-year-old Brand was on his way out of yoga class, natch, when he spotted the unidentified individual in an alleyway. The comedian subsequently walked over, offered the man some water and engaged him in conversation. He also gave the shirtless fellow a white T-shirt to protect him from the hot sun.

Brand then offered him a lift, which the destitute dude accepted, and the Get Him to the Greek star was reportedly overheard saying they were going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

A recovering alcoholic, heroin user and sex addict, Brand has been sober since 2002 and credits his recovery to attending regular AA meetings as well as doing yoga and meditation.