Russell Brand hangs out with the Dalai Lama Russell Brand Mon-18-Jun-12 18:01 Share this RUSSELL BRAND poked fun at his Lothario reputation on Saturday as he joined spiritual leader the DALAI LAMA at an event in Manchester, England. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, who split from wife Katy Perry late last year, served as master of ceremonies for the Buddhist icon's speech for thousands of young people at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Brand, who has struggled with drug issues in the past, confessed to the crowd he found his involvement with the event surreal, and quipped, "Some of you might be surprised to see me here. Going from junkie to Shagger of the Year... three times... to now introducing the Dalai Lama. It has been an interesting journey." The spiritual leader praised Brand during the event, declaring: "Some people told me before to listen to this strange person's explanations. I was surprised but I think your openness is wonderful." The Dalai Lama also showed his affection for the funnyman by playfully pulling his beard, with Brand saying, "Not really a lot I can do in a situation like this. I just have to go with it." WENN.com You May Also Like Jay-Jay and Dom talk to Russell Brand Sophia Grace & Rosie meet Russell Brand Katy Perry & Russell Brand are getting divorced! Become a fan of The Edge on Facebook and on Twitter .