Russell Brand is set to host the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, the cable network has announced.
The ceremony is set to air live on Sunday, June 3 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old outspoken British comedian and actor is known for playing rock star Aldous Snow in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him To the Greek" and also stars in the new musical film "Rock of Ages" with Tom Cruise.
"The MTV Movie Awards incorporates two of my favorite things. Movies and Awards," Brand said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Thursday, May 10. "If somehow group sex could be involved it would be the greatest night of my life."
Brand had previously hosted MTV's other famous annual ceremony, the Video Music Awards, in 2008 and 2009. The former event took place two months before the U.S. elections that was won by Democratic leader Barack Obama, who is running for re-election in the upcoming November ballot. During his hosting stint, Brand endorsed Obama and insulted then-president and Republican leader George W. Bush.
"Could I please ask of you, people of America, to please elect Barack Obama, please? On behalf of the world. Some people, some people, I think they're called racists, say American is not ready for a black president. But I know America to be a forward-thinking country, right, because otherwise, you know, would you have let that retarded cowboy fella be president for eight years," Brand said.
"We were very impressed," he added. "It was nice of you to let him have a go because in England, George Bush wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors."
Ratings for that year's ceremony and the 2009 show was higher than in the previous years. Brand later said on the Irish talk series "The Late Late Show" that he thought the joke was "definitely funny" but that it didn't go over that well with some people and that he received death threats. He added: "There are some things on telly I don't like - I just watch something else."
Brand also took a political stand last month in his native United Kingdom by attending a British parliamentary committee session to talk about his past heroin abuse and brushes with the law in a bid to get lawmakers to approve more funding for treatment programs to help rehabilitate addicts who are arrested.
The actor, who sports a rocker-like, messy hairstyle and is in the middle of a divorce from pop star Katy Perry, is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to his humor. It got him fired from his past VJ gig in MTV in the United Kingdom - he was axed after he dressed up like Osama bin Laden the day after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Aside from "Rock of Ages," which is set for release on June 15, Brand is also promoting six upcoming comedy specials set to air on the FX cable network.
Previous hosts of the MTV Movie Awards include "Saturday Night Live" stars Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg, , Aziz Ansari, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Mike Myers, Sarah Silverman and pop star Justin Timberlake.
Presenters at this year's ceremony include "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, whose new film "Snow White and the Huntsman" hits theaters in three weeks, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield of the upcoming summer film "The Amazing Spider-Man," Chris Hemsworth of "The Avengers," "X-Men: First Class" actor Michael Fassbender, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg.
The first three "Twilight" films have won the top MTV Movie Award for "Movie of the Year" for the past three years in a row. Its latest released installment, "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," is nominated this year, along with "Bridesmaids," "The Hunger Games," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" and "The Help."Check out a full list of nominations.