Ricky Gervais - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview - Chapter 4

We spend an hour in the company of Britain's funniest man.

by | November 13, 2008 | Comments

Ricky Gervais - Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

NB: This is the third part of a larger feature – to start from the beginning click here.

Ricky Gervais, the award-winning creator of The Office and Extras, is a very funny guy – a description he’d no doubt agree with.

But fame found the 47 year-old late in life. An early stint in the 80s as one half of pop duo Seona Dancing – by his own admission a duo more than slightly influenced by David Bowie — didn’t catapult the Reading-born Gervais to international success. Instead it was years later, when he wrote, directed and starred in The Office, a faux-documentary about life in a Slough paper merchant’s, that Gervais truly found fame. The show became one of the country’s most successful sitcoms and set Gervais up as one of comedy’s icons.

His career has gone from strength to strength ever since. With his writing partner Stephen Merchant and radio producer Karl Pilkington, The Ricky Gervais Show served London station XFM well for years before spinning off into the most successful podcast of all time. With Merchant he went on to write Extras, leveraging all the good will he’d earned with The Office to pepper a sitcom about life as a Supporting Artiste with cameos from the likes of Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Orlando Bloom.

Hollywood soon beckoned, and Gervais’ star began to ascend Stateside with cameos in the likes of Night at the Museum, For Your Consideration and Stardust. This year it’s his turn to dominate, with the recently-released comedy Ghost Town marking his first romantic lead. He’ll follow it next year with This Side of the Truth, which he’s written and directed with Matthew Robinson. The star-studded comedy is set in a world in which the human race hasn’t evolved the gene to lie until a writer discovers he’s different.

Proving his talents operated just as comfortably in the live arena, Gervais has performed three stand-up shows, Animals, Politics and Fame, which have had respective DVD releases. A new show for the US will be released there shortly.

Dinner and the Movies
Ricky Gervais talks to RT-UK editor Joe Utichi

As Gervais works to finish This Side of the Truth and begins work on his next project — a new British comedy with Stephen Merchant — he joins RT to accept his Certified Fresh award for Ghost Town and discuss his career past, present and future. This is the latest chapter in our Dinner and the Movies series of extended interviews, which began with Kevin Smith and continued with Neil Gaiman, Edgar Wright and Guillermo del Toro.

The interview, presented in 15 parts which we’ll release in 5 chapters every day this week, can be watched back-to-back for a full conversational experience or dipped in and out of at will. Start from the beginning here.

Previously:

Part 1 – On being Certified Fresh and the worth of reviews.
Part 2 – On this year’s Emmys — highlights and lowlights.
Part 3 – On receiving the RT award and the public reception of Ghost Town.
Part 4 – On redemption as a key theme and comedy plus.
Part 5 – On how annoyance informs the podcast.
Part 6 – On the brilliance of Karl Pilkington.
Part 7 – On a return to the podcast and a possible live run.
Part 8 – On going back to Extras.
Part 9 – On taking Andy Millman and company to America.

In Today’s Chapter:

Part 10 – On why it’s easy to be ambitious.
Part 11 – On what to expect from This Side of the Truth.
Part 12 – On Karl’s appearance in the film and his take on evolution.

Join us again tomorrow as Gervais discusses the ease of ambition, what to expect from This Side of the Truth and Karl’s abortive appearence in the film. But for now, continue onto Part 10.

Ricky Gervais’ home on the web is rickygervais.com

Part 10 of 15: On why it’s easy to be ambitious.

It’s easy to be ambitious, says Gervais, which is just as well as he’s been busy recently.

Continue on Part 11: On what to expect from This Side of the Truth.

Part 11 of 15: On what to expect from This Side of the Truth.

What can audiences expect from This Side of the Truth? Ricky explains the film.

Continue on Part 12: On Karl’s appearance in the film and his take on evolution.

Part 12 of 15: On Karl’s appearance in the film and his take on evolution.

There’s a cameo for Karl Pilkington in This Side of the Truth. Or is there? We discuss his role and his take on the film’s themes.

Join us again tomorrow as Gervais finds a job for Karl Pilkington on RT, talks about his reteaming with Stephen Merchant on The Man from the Pru and continues the “feud” with Simon Pegg.

Ricky Gervais’ home on the web is rickygervais.com

Tag Cloud

Reality Competition CBS 2016 Mary poppins true crime 2017 Captain marvel japanese Exclusive Video football cinemax trailers Sundance TV Wes Anderson Hallmark Christmas movies halloween tv marvel comics DC Comics cancelled spain serial killer ITV romance facebook vampires Peacock Video Games spy thriller dceu President directors child's play Ellie Kemper Nickelodeon X-Men archives Mystery MTV romantic comedy Tomatazos mockumentary green book crime drama HBO Go HBO Max Classic Film New York Comic Con Amazon Extras Freeform ID Star Wars Super Bowl Amazon Prime Video heist movie Lifetime Christmas movies movie Star Trek The Witch VICE CW Seed Baby Yoda El Rey witnail aapi Logo disaster NBC jamie lee curtis Biopics DirecTV BBC One E3 emmy awards Emmys TLC Cannes indiana jones versus Disney Channel 24 frames Valentine's Day screenings legend Amazon Studios Winter TV nfl travel hispanic heritage month Western kaiju adaptation Fox Searchlight Set visit 73rd Emmy Awards 71st Emmy Awards casting Animation franchise DGA lord of the rings PaleyFest VH1 YouTube Red sitcom 99% cars Shudder TNT Alien TCA strong female leads rt archives unscripted reboot FX on Hulu period drama 4/20 Anna Paquin canceled TV shows Emmy Nominations twilight FXX Grammys Creative Arts Emmys Epix all-time 1990s festival Holidays 2015 stop motion renewed TV shows telelvision Esquire crossover obituary First Reviews pirates of the caribbean dc TV Country TV One dark Interview ABC Signature Masterpiece die hard The Purge slasher dreamworks festivals USA Network Columbia Pictures APB young adult Family 2018 latino Discovery Channel aliens Tarantino Avengers Paramount Plus documentaries king arthur halloween Sci-Fi nature Brie Larson reviews Amazon Prime indie revenge RT History finale TCA Awards The Walt Disney Company sports Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Election 93rd Oscars technology breaking bad Nominations slashers AMC Sony Pictures new star wars movies Crunchyroll worst movies Rock superman remakes PBS werewolf venice Mudbound docuseries Fantasy dogs Reality WarnerMedia Television Critics Association nbcuniversal Rocky target black Sneak Peek OneApp comedies IFC Films anime international Vudu Comic-Con@Home 2021 book adaptation CMT Adult Swim NYCC WGN 2020 Turner Rocketman cancelled TV series Christmas Netflix Pride Month scary psychological thriller Rom-Com critics Pop USA Spike batman Legendary comic book movie Britbox Black Mirror richard e. Grant Cosplay AMC Plus mutant olympics vs. Tubi Hulu 21st Century Fox mcc MCU Certified Fresh series Hallmark criterion psycho concert ABC Family Marvel Studios Pixar TV Land Summer dragons prank Comedy spinoff high school gangster new zealand Bravo TV movies Food Network Awards Tour game show doctor who monster movies Showtime crime thriller Paramount basketball Universal YouTube Premium TCA Winter 2020 Hear Us Out 45 video FOX robots Tokyo Olympics American Society of Cinematographers A&E worst sequels History kong Infographic Apple BBC A24 Cartoon Network chucky comiccon stoner dexter rotten movies we love posters Netflix Christmas movies japan Lionsgate Disney+ Disney Plus composers YouTube Funimation best children's TV sag awards live action Academy Awards See It Skip It rt labs Martial Arts political drama Elton John wonder woman Opinion singing competition cops Winners know your critic Photos game of thrones Marathons sopranos Endgame historical drama Black History Month Marvel cancelled TV shows spanish crime screen actors guild Drama Superheroes critic resources Premiere Dates Disney stand-up comedy christmas movies Song of Ice and Fire Horror Heroines popular NBA ESPN ABC Nat Geo cartoon genre Pop TV LGBT Warner Bros. thriller razzies Musical james bond biography zero dark thirty kids Sundance Now ghosts Paramount Network elevated horror scary movies rotten Trophy Talk spider-verse PlayStation spider-man Tumblr The Academy Marvel Television Podcast Disney Plus dramedy Neflix 2021 Ovation TV renewals Turner Classic Movies DC Universe quibi black comedy book golden globes BAFTA Apple TV+ HBO Character Guide deadpool Disney streaming service TIFF scene in color Universal Pictures hidden camera police drama royal family GoT Calendar saw Chernobyl TruTV CNN Oscars Acorn TV war The Walking Dead art house Musicals ratings Writers Guild of America miniseries marvel cinematic universe First Look what to watch Apple TV Plus anthology 007 TCA 2017 blockbuster based on movie Ghostbusters talk show Shondaland comic book movies laika Binge Guide medical drama cats Superheroe adventure Watching Series name the review Pet Sematary social media Year in Review Image Comics films joker BET Awards ViacomCBS universal monsters binge Awards Holiday Music foreign Broadway Pacific Islander Dark Horse Comics golden globe awards Lucasfilm Comedy Central Pirates Toys streaming Comics on TV natural history Kids & Family 2019 italian Film live event jurassic park The Arrangement OWN E! Fox News transformers movies harry potter BET hist fresh Arrowverse IFC fast and furious TCM biopic adenture 20th Century Fox superhero mission: impossible TBS SundanceTV hollywood godzilla Thanksgiving 72 Emmy Awards hispanic YA tv talk zombie Quiz boxoffice Lifetime MSNBC Countdown LGBTQ Comic Book Box Office politics french women classics blaxploitation blockbusters Stephen King The CW RT21 Spectrum Originals SDCC theme song discovery toronto Trailer award winner FX Film Festival Women's History Month independent comic books asian-american video on demand comic National Geographic justice league SXSW cults feel good rt labs critics edition documentary new york Syfy 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards zombies boxing spanish language DC streaming service streaming movies television action-comedy cancelled television canceled cooking satire free movies CBS All Access Travel Channel Starz 90s San Diego Comic-Con Walt Disney Pictures Polls and Games news south america Red Carpet science fiction mob a nightmare on elm street diversity debate GIFs Television Academy supernatural parents Instagram Live Crackle australia Mary Tyler Moore docudrama Teen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Best and Worst suspense scorecard rom-coms Mary Poppins Returns Spring TV king kong teaser Trivia comics VOD BBC America Action GLAAD Sundance animated space Fall TV Schedule Mindy Kaling toy story IMDb TV sequel