Controversial funnyman Russell Brand is recovering in hospital in Kenya today after being shot in the arm by a poacher yesterday.
Brand has been in Congo, central Africa for the past three weeks filming his new movie Gilbert Goes to Gambia. In the movie Brand plays the lead part of a male gorilla who decides to travel to Gambia for a new life, after his girlfriend leaves him for another gorilla. It may sound like a joke, but this film has some very serious undertones. The film touches on delicate and controversial subjects like vegetarianism, loyalty between beasts, sexism within the animal kingdom - and looks at the extreme prejudice that goes on between different gorilla tribes in some parts of Africa.
Producers chose Brand to play the lead role because of their tight budget. They reportedly did not have the budget for fancy make up and costumes and so chose Brand because of his uncanny similarity to a real gorilla.
Sadly, it appears Brand was just too similar to the real thing. He was shot by a poacher while filming a serious scene in which he and another male gorilla make a lewd phone call to one of the older gorillas in another tribe and cause great offence.
Brand was flown to the nearest hospital - over 2,000 miles away in Kenya. He is recovering well, although apparently a little grumpy after awaking and realising he had been put in the veterinary unit.
Brand will be released from hospital next week to continue filming.
Gilbert Goes to Gambia will hit cinemas all across the UK this Christmas.