The shocking truth about funnyman RUSSELL BRAND – a self confessed past drug addict, alcoholic and womanizer — but NOW his secret sick obsession with dead animals is revealed in a explosive new book! spoke with author Neil Strauss about his new Brand tell-all, including  gruesome details from an interview  in new tome Everyone Loves You When You Are Dead.

"I was fixated with dead animals and death," Brand admitted to Strauss.

 "The driving ideology behind what I was doing was pretty safe, right? And I felt that people were spellbound, like they’d been hypnotized, and I had to wake them up. So I would do things to wake them up. Like I’d have a load of dead rats or dead chicks, like baby birds, on stage.

 "And I’d smash them up with a hammer and then throw them into the audience and go,
‘Why are you disgusted?  I’ve just rearranged their atoms.  They’re dead already.  Nothing’s happened. You’re being shocked by nothing.’"

"He was clearly on drugs when he smashed the animals on stage," Strauss elaborated.  

"Also, the whole show was about shock value, because at the time he was hungry for attention because he had just started out.

 "He thought this was art, it was important to him – this was him trying to be a rockstar, trying to make a point about what is really right from wrong since the animals were dead before he ‘killed’ them. Funnily enough, since then PETA has embraced him and called him the sexiest vegetarian."

Brand also admits in the book "I was addicted to crack and heroin at that time and was…I’ve always had some destructive tendencies and I was unstable.  I had no off switch.  I was unable to manage it.  

"Up until then I’d never had money in my life and as soon as people gave me money, I just hit the f**k it button and blew up."