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Watch Russell Brand Improvise a Shakespearean Backstory for Five Minutes

Famous for his onscreen improvising, Russell Brand has to stick to the Shakespearean text in Julie Taymor's film The Tempest, where he plays the jester Trinculo. Still, an antic comedian like Brand needs some sort of outlet for his verbal flights of fancy, and so it is that when Taymor asked Brand to expound on his character during rehearsals, he responded with a dizzying, dazzling monologue delivered in character for almost five minutes. Vulture's got exclusive video of the moment, which rendered Brand's co-star Alfred Molina practically speechless. Enjoy!