But by March 19, the newfound fame and unanticipated negative critical reaction proved too much for Russell to bear and he was videotaped having a naked breakdown on the streets of San Diego.
Nearly seven months later, Russell is speaking out for the first time about his very public meltdown.
TMZ has exclusively obtained part of the transcript of Russell’s sit down interview with Oprah Winfrey on an upcoming October 7 episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”
There is not yet any video available, but read part of the interview exchange below:
OPRAH: “What do you remember, Jason?”
JASON: “I remember me flipping off cars.”
OPRAH: “Flipping off cars? Like with your…”
JASON: “With both hands. I remember that just like ‘doot,’ just like a little memory. I remember running around our lemon tree. I remember …”
OPRAH: “There were reports that you were breaking into cars?”
JASON: “There are reports. I mean I think I was stopping cars in the street. People said I was laying in the street – it’s a busy street – I was laying in the street.”
OPRAH: “How did you get your robe off? How do you go from running out with your robe on to your robe off?”
JASON: “Again, it’s really hard to explain if people who have never had an out-of-body experience, but it really wasn’t me. That wasn’t me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me, that’s not who I am.”
JASON: [I remember] walking around snapping my fingers up and down … slapping my hands on the ground as hard as I can. Just slapping them on the ground. Talking to myself. Ranting. Raving. Talking about good versus evil, God and the devil. I mean it was just very out of control.”
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