Katy flies to Russell's side as he is panned by critics

He may have been slated for his performance in his latest film Arthur, but there is no doubt that Russell Brand’s wife Katy Perry is his biggest fan. The pop star jetted into New York today from Glasgow where she was performing in her California Dreams tour, especially to be reunited with Russell.
The two were spotted walking into a Manhattan hotel after Russell picked his wife up from the airport. Her visit also comes as a show of support for Brand after critics panned his remake of the late Dudley Moore’s famous role as Arthur.  Katy, who appeared to be in the same outfit from her flight in a black and gold Adidas tracksuit, preferred to stay hidden behind a protective Russell.
The 26-year-old singer also donned a pair of oversized sunglasses and a beanie for her undercover look.  Russell also went casual in a pair of jeans, a grey T-shirt and a leather bomber jacket. Katy’s latest trek back to the U.S. comes after Russell attended the premiere of his new film Arthur last night. Still in the UK yesterday, Katy missed out on the event but she tweeted her excitement for her husband and their forthcoming reunion. ‘I can’t wait to see you… As #ARTHUR! @rustyrockets hope it’s all going amazing!,’ she wrote.
But critics poured scorn on the 35-year-old star’s acting aspirations today, with one  describing Brand as ‘just not that funny’ and that the movie ‘should put a nail in the coffin’ of his film career. The film, also stars, 65-year-old Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, 38, and Nick Nolte, 70 – but it is Brand’s appearance which has drawn the most opprobrium. Writing on the Huffington Post website, film critic Marshall Fine slammed Brand saying: ‘If anything, this movie should put a nail in the coffin of Russell Brand’s career as a movie comic because, well, the guy’s just not that funny. ‘Particularly not when he assays an entire role in that high, whiny, little-boy voice that he uses here.’ He added: ‘I’ve seen him do stand-up and that didn’t make me laugh. He’s really only amusing in small doses.’
And Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter said: ‘Director Jason Winer turns things over to Brand but it’s a rough, out-of-focus performance. ‘Brand goes full bore in every scene, almost as if the movie isn’t so much about a drunk as an eccentric billionaire who would be loopy if he drank only lemonade.’
The U.S. version of OK! magazine meanwhile reckons that Brand will earn a Razzie for the movie, and dismissing him as ‘channeling Johnny Depp channeling Keith Richards channeling a lifetime of chemical abuse.’
Los Angeles newspaper Century City News meanwhile bemoans Brand’s character as a ‘shadow’ of that portrayed in the original, and continues: ‘Dudley Moore made the most adorable drunk but Brand doesn’t even get the slur right and the self-indulgent behaviour that once beguiled is irritating this time around. ‘It’s also a mystery why an actor with a cockney accent was given the part of an upper class "toff", who should be speaking with the same plum in his mouth as the royal family. ‘Having M’Lord’s nanny (Helen Mirren) sounding posher than M’Lord himself is rather like Prince William chatting to the Queen in a Michael Caine accent. It’s just too odd to contemplate.’
In the original 1981 version of the movie, playboy Arthur risks losing his inheritance when he decides to marry a working class woman for love rather than money. It co-starred John Gielgud as Arthur’s valet and Liza Minnelli as his lower class love.
Speaking about his role in the film, Brand, 35, who has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, said: ‘I’m such a thorough actor that I did two decades of research just to make sure it was 100 per cent right.’ Dame Helen, who plays Arthur’s nanny in the film, said of Brand: ‘He’s got a good heart. He’s kind, generous and fantastic to work with.’
Meanwhile, a new waxwork dummy of the comedian was unveiled today at Madame Tussauds in London ahead of the UK release of the movie on April 22.