News, Culture & Society

Liam Payne set to star in a comedy short film about his time in Alcoholics Anonymous

Liam Payne reveals he’s set to star in a comedy short film based on his experience at Alcoholics Anonymous with Russell Brand

  • For confidential support call Alcoholic Anonymous FREE on 0800 9177 650 or email help@aamail.org 

Liam Payne has revealed he’s set to star in a short film about Alcoholics Anonymous. 

The One Direction star, 27, attended the addiction programme alongside comedian Russell Brand, 46, after struggling with heavy drinking throughout his career. 

Speaking on the Diary of a CEO podcast about the treatment, Liam said: ‘There was everyone from prison guards to ex-soldiers to postmen to bin men, me and Russell.’

Career change? Liam Payne, 27, has revealed he’s set to star in a short film based on his experience in Alcoholics Anonymous

He explained: ‘It was the weirdest room. We’re in some old community church room and he’s [Russel] taking the chair and doing stand-up,

As such, Liam’s short film has been written as a comedy and the singer is keen to keep his material under wraps.  

He detailed: ‘I am not going to give the script… and I’ve not spoken to Russ about it yet. But I am one of the characters.’ 

Gushing about the secret script, Liam added: ‘I’m excited about the film. I showed it to one of my friends and she laughed a lot.’ 

AA: The One Direction star attended the addiction programme alongside comedian Russel Brand after struggling with heavy drinking throughout his career

AA: The One Direction star attended the addiction programme alongside comedian Russel Brand after struggling with heavy drinking throughout his career

Liam has previously lauded Russell for helping him to get sober. 

Detailing their joint meetings in 2019, Liam said: ‘I had a thing with drink, and it was a guy called Chip Somers who got me sober.

‘I was sober for about a year and visited Russell Brand. We went down to meetings together.’

Russell was a patron of the Focus 12 treatment centre, founded by Chip, 66, however the centre closed down due to financial issues. 

'We’re in some old community church room and he’s doing stand-up': Liam has previously lauded Russel for helping him get sober at meetings run by Chip Somers

‘We’re in some old community church room and he’s doing stand-up’: Liam has previously lauded Russel for helping him get sober at meetings run by Chip Somers 

Discussing his mental health, Liam said: ‘As Strip That Down came out I was almost as afraid of success as I was failure, which isn’t a comfortable place to be in life because you’re not really sure what you’re doing.

‘For anybody who’s having a problem with mental health, the best thing to do is speak to someone. We’re all as crazy as the next person.’

‘I was at a point where I was too young to stop drinking and it turned my social life upside down. It was very lonely…

‘Many things in my life went up, but many things went down at the same time. It was about pressing that reset button and ­realising you could cope without it.’ 

'I was sober for about a year': Liam has previously detailed how 'lonely' going sober at such a young age made him feel and how his mental health suffered as a result

‘I was sober for about a year’: Liam has previously detailed how ‘lonely’ going sober at such a young age made him feel and how his mental health suffered as a result 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk