Russell Brand narrowly escaped serious injury on the set of his latest film.

The British funnyman was accidentally set alight while shooting a scene for 'Get Him to the Greek' - in which he reprises his 'Forgetting Sarah Marhsall' role as rocker Aldous Snow.

He explained: "I got set on fire once. There's a bit in the movie where I do a concert, and there's a wall of sparks raining down from the heavens. And it caught me on fire. I stood in the wrong place; I caught on fire for a little. That was a bad bit."

Despite being known for his womanising ways, Russell - who is engaged to singer Katy Perry - hated having to film a sex scene for the movie because it was so "awkward".

He explained to Tufts Daily website: "Sex scenes are actually sort of stressful. Not like actual sex - not as I know it.

"The threesome scene was really awkward and difficult. Because sex, when it's done properly, is about creating a wonderful atmosphere of intimacy, escape and adventure. Sex scenes are about hesitant, angular, choreographed moves.

"And this is a comedy sex scene as well, so it goes on for ages, and you're standing with no pants, hunched over someone. You're aware of each other's breath mingling but without the baseline of lust pounding rhythmically through the act. It's awful."