Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais has been selected to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards. The actor will be presented with the prize at the BAFTA Los Angeles organisation's annual Hollywood ceremony on 28 October (16). Amy Schumer was honoured with the same title last year (15).
Quote: "It was only recently that I realised that Trump actually could become president. I should have realised sooner. Think about it: We live a world where there are warnings on bottles of bleach - we have to tell people not to drink bleach. In that world, Trump can be president. And in a sense, you get what you deserve. That's democracy, baby! It's just a really odd thing to have this man who's meant to be the most powerful man in the world act like a Twitter troll." Ricky Gervais is beginning to fear Donald Trump could be America's next leader.
Quote: "I thought he was this fantastic, brooding actor, and an action hero as well. And I found out he’s a putz like me, which is good. He’s an idiot. He’s a stupid, big, lumpy idiot, just like me. But he’s got great comic timing." Ricky Gervais jokingly describes Eric Bana, who he stars opposite in his new Netflix movie, Special Correspondents.
Quote: "I resisted it because I thought I wouldn't like it; I don't like that Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons (stuff)... and me and my girlfriend just watched all five series in a couple of weeks and I'm obsessed, but she still won't let me go out with my sword... I can't wait to be a knight. We knight people in England... and when I'm a knight... then I'm going out with a sword." Ricky Gervais is a big fan of cult TV series GAME OF THRONES.
Quote: "It was a few years ago, it was at the premiere to Night at the Museum that was set at the Smithsonian (museum in Washington, D.C.). I got to the hotel, I'd put my suit in the dry cleaning for the premiere and then Ben Stiller calls and says, 'We've been invited to the White House'. I said, 'When?', he goes, 'Now...', so I had to go in my pyjamas. They were nice pyjamas, black pyjamas, so I was walking around the White House in my pyjamas. No one noticed, they probably thought it was a trendy London thing!" British comedian Ricky Gervais had no choice but to don his luxury sleepwear for a last-minute invitation to the White House in 2009, while he was promoting Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Quote: "I hate Christmas shopping. It's the only thing other than animal cruelty that makes me want to kill! I hated it before I was famous, before I could afford anything and now people look at me funny when I am buying something. I don't like it." Ricky Gervais is not a fan of browsing for festive gifts.
Quote: "I'm going to heckle back. I'm taking on a microphone to have control of the big speaker system so that it's a fair fight... As long as they don't actually kill me, I'm ready for anything. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Amy and Tina, bring it on!" Comedian and three-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais is ready for any jabs 2015 emcees Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have for him during the prizegiving on 11 January (15).
Quote: "It's very, very sad. He was an amazing performer - an icon before I met him, then a friend." British comedian Ricky Gervais pays tribute to his late co-star Robin Williams at the New York premiere of their film Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb. Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, attended the event in her late husband's memory following his suicide in August (14).
Quote: "I got some free fake tan (spray) in one of those goodie bags. I put it on and it turned the grey bits in my beard ginger. It was a couple of days ago, so it's calmed down a bit. But it's just like an orange beard." Comedian Ricky Gervais on his beauty blunder right before the 2014 Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14).
Quote: "I will trash the place, but I'll do it crying and thanking God. Multi tasking." Funnyman Ricky Gervais on his plans should he win an Emmy Award for his lead role in Tv comedy Derek.
Quote: "I discovered that big, sweaty slob. He's never thanked me, and now he's trying to take my award." British funnyman Ricky Gervais jokes about going up against Louis C.K. for the Best Actor in a Comedy Series category at this summer's (14) Primetime Emmy Awards.
Quote: "I'd like to play a villain in a superhero film. An evil guy... I'd be annoying. I could do that... Batman would go, 'Oh f**k this!'" Funnyman Ricky Gervais on his dream film role.
Quote: "I'm gonna claim responsibility for everything he ever does from now on, and take half his earnings. He was nothing, just a fat, bald, ginger slob when I found him... He'd be the first to admit that." Funnyman Ricky Gervais insists comedian Louis C.K. owes his career to him after Gervais cast him in 2009 film The Invention of Lying.
Quote: "You can make any movie better with Muppets - Schindler's List, 12 Years a Slave... Let's try it at least!" Funnyman Ricky Gervais believes every great film should be remade with the Muppets.
Fact: British radio presenter Fearne Cotton was forced to apologise to her listeners after she was caught swearing live on air. A microphone was accidentally left on while Cotton told her guests Ricky Gervais, Cheryl Cole and Jamie Oliver, "No swearing and don't make any w**ker gestures because people will see them on the webcam."
Fact: Celebrated illusionist David Blaine will be playing tricks on the likes of Harrison Ford, singer Katy Perry and rapper Kanye West in their own homes for a new Tv special. Real or Magic will also feature comedian Ricky Gervais, retired soccer superstar David Beckham and former U.S. President George W. Bush and will debut in America on 19 November (13).
Fact: Comedian Ricky Gervais has extended his rock career as his The Office alter-ego David Brent. The Tv character will hit the stage again for a gig with his backing band Foregone Conclusion in Bristol a week before Christmas. Gervais, as Brent, will perform at the Colston Hall on 16 December (13). Earlier this month (Oct13), the comedian played two gigs at the Bloomsbury theatre in London.
Tweet: "I have just had an Mri and the most painful steroid injection into my shoulder joint. In agony... If the doctor said I screamed like a baby he is a liar by the way." British comedian Ricky Gervais is left in pain after receiving treatment for an arm injury.
Tweet: "Could you please put a shallow saucer of water in your garden as hedgehogs are dying from dehydration? Enjoy the sunshine." British comedian Ricky Gervais urges his fans to take care of the spiny mammals as the U.K. enjoys a rare heatwave.
Tweet: "In this glorious weather, please keep checking if your dog or other pets need water. & never leave them in the car. Cheers." Animal lover Ricky Gervais warns fans about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.
Quote: "I said, 'If no one retweets this, I will give 10,000 pounds to charity...' (There were) hundreds of retweets. I said, 'You're not listening. If not one person retweets this, I will give $15,000 to charity...' 500 retweets, and then other people are going, 'Your followers are all idiots!' So I'm retweeting that... It's just routine mischief; I'm like the devil... It's like I'm looking down on ants, and it's fun." Funnyman Ricky Gervais loves toying with his Twitter followers.
Quote: "I was working with Christoph Waltz yesterday. I mean it's incredible, I said, 'You've won an Oscar'. He said, 'It doesn't make any difference'. He's just standing there, covered in dust, you know, surrounded by these Muppets." Ricky Gervais confirms Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is a part of the new Muppets movie, The Muppets... Again!
Tweet: "I'm honestly nearly welling up reading your tweets about Derek. Especially the ones talking about its sweetness & not just the comedy." Ricky Gervais admits he's moved by the outpouring of affection from fans of his new British Tv series Derek, which debuted on Thursday (29Jan13).
Fact: British comedian Ricky Gervais has confirmed he will be joining Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as the human lead role in the European-centric sequel to last year's (11) The Muppets movie.
Quote: "She's only human." Comedian Ricky Gervais upon hearing actress Kate Walsh thinks he's sexy.
Fact: Comedian Ricky Gervais has proved his technology credentials by creating his own iPhone app. The free app, called Just Sayin', allows users to communicate by sharing voice recordings, text, photographs and video footage.
Quote: "I couldn't be prouder of the success of the U.S. version of The Office, but all good things come to an end. Luckily, with syndication, it's the gift that keeps on giving." Comedian Ricky Gervais comments on the end of the hit TV comedy, which is based on his British creation of the same name. It was announced on Tuesday (21Aug12) that the upcoming ninth season of The Office will be its last.
Fact: British comedian Ricky Gervais is developing a new web series titled, Learn English with Ricky Gervais. Few details are known about the project, but the funnyman hopes to use subtitles to air the show in as many languages as possible.
Tweet: "Wow. Thanks for all the pet picks (pictures) to cheer me up. It worked. Everyone single one, unconditionally beautiful." Funnyman Ricky Gervais thanks fans for sending him pictures of their happy pets via Twitter.com after he voiced his disgust at U.K. scientists sewing kittens' eyes together as part of an experiment.
Tweet: "Got a proper job at 28. Gave it up to try comedy at 38. Decided to get fit and healthy at 48. It's never too late. But do it now." Ricky Gervais encourages fans to live their dreams as he turned 51 on Monday (25Jun12).
Tweet: "I'm very proud. Although, when I was a kid we once nicknamed a local tramp King of the pigeons. He was very proud too." Ricky Gervais on being named the most influential comedian on Twitter in a new poll by Chortle.co.uk.
Tweet: "Father's Day again. Although... I haven't got a daddy. Or a mummy. No one feels sorry for a 50 year old orphan. Sob. I'll be OK. Enjoy... mum died in 2000. Dad went soon after. He saw the 1st series of The Office tho and got drunk without being shouted at for a few months." British funnyman Ricky Gervais remembers his dad on Father's Day (17Jun12).
Tweet: "Just blocked 2 people who asked me not to tweet about my views on religion. They obviously couldn't find their unfollow button so I helped." Atheist funnyman Ricky Gervais continues to clash with fellow 'tweeters' on the topic of faith.
Fact: David Letterman received an early birthday gift from Ricky Gervais on Monday's (09April12) Late Show - the cheeky British funnyman commemorated the chat show host's upcoming 65th birthday on 12 April by handing him a senior citizen MetroCard for the New York subway.
Fact: Ricky Gervais and Bill Nighy are among the famous faces to design their own lampshades for a charity auction. The pieces will be displayed at The Langham Hotel in London until later this month (Feb12), when they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Tweet: "Shocked at how well behaved Ricky Gervais was tonight. i know its bad but i really wanted him to be more like last year it was brilliant!" Kelly Osbourne wanted a more risque performance from Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais on Sunday (15Jan12).
Fact: Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais left pal Johnny Depp a little red-faced on Sunday evening (15Jan11) as he asked him, "Are you on recreational drugs?" as the movie star stepped up to present the first award. He then added, "Have you see The Tourist yet?" Gervais famously poked fun at the film while hosting last year's (11) Globes. Depp revealed he hadn't as the host dashed offstage.
Quote: "He's very racist... I mean really nasty stuff. I've also seen him punch a little blind kitten. Please welcome the evil Colin Firth." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais poked fun at his fellow Brit's reputation as he introduced him to the stage at Sunday's (15Jan12) ceremony.
Quote: "I actually heard, for research, the cast spent the weekend with Dame Helen Mirren; she's dreadful... You don't see a lot of her because she's got a good PR but she's off the rails." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais claims the stars of Bridesmaids learned how to play wild women from the great Brit.
Quote: "Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler between them played all the parts in the movie The Help. Isn't that brilliant?" Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais pokes fun at masters of disguise Murphy and Sandler's transformation skills.
Quote: "No profanity..., no nudity...., no smut or innuendo and I'm not to liable anyone and I mustn't mention Mel Gibson this year - not his private life, his politics, his recent films and especially not Jodie Foster's Beaver. I haven't seen it myself... I've spoken to a lot of guys here, they haven't seen it either, but that doesn't mean it's not any good." Controversial Ricky Gervais jokes about the rules he was told he had to abide by as the 2012 Golden Globes host
Quote: "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton - a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought, allegedly." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais jokes about the awards show's status in Hollywood.
Quote: "I'm working out a little bit, so I can eat and drink too much. I was worried that I was going to die but I didn't want to give anything up." Funnyman Ricky Gervais gets fit so he can live the high life.
Quote: "It wasn’t a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest most privileged people in the world." Ricky Gervais defends the jokes he told at the expense of Hollywood's biggest stars at last year's (11) Golden Globes as he prepares to host again on Sunday (15Jan12).
Fact: Ricky Gervais has been nominated for the title of Atheist of the Year by Examiner.com following a series of anti-religion rants last year (11).
Tweet: "Had a fitting for my Golden Globes Tux. Ooh who's a 32 inch waste (sic) then? Only The 'Chubby Funster' that's who!" Slimmed-down comedian Ricky Gervais gets excited as he prepares to host the 2012 awards show for the third time.
Quote: "They say, 'Would you do I'm a celebrity?'. No. One, I wouldn't want to be in a place with half of those people and why would you want to put a spider in your mouth?" Ricky Gervais has no plans to star in jungle reality show I'M A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.
Tweet: "Remember how critics hated The Office, Extras and Aia (An Idiot Abroad) at the beginning? Ha ha. I do. But you made your own minds up. Cheers." Ricky Gervais refuses to take notice of the poor reviews for his new show, Life's Too Short, which debuted in his native Britain last week (10Nov11).
Quote: "Last time I said I was in talks to host again, everyone said I was lying. So I'm saying nothing." Funnyman Ricky Gervais on reports he's in negotiations to return as the host of the Golden Globe Awards after coming under fire for his mean-spirited jibes at this year's (11) event.
Quote: "With Sting, I had to keep calling him 'f**king coconut head' and I felt so bad about it that I apologised after every scene." Star Wars actor Warwick Davis felt awful about insulting Sting in Ricky Gervais' new sitcom Life's Too Short.
Quote: "I miss the pub but you can't do it. Someone will come and sit down and ask, 'Can I join you for a pint?' And I say, 'No, I don't know you, so obviously not.' People then tell me, 'You've changed' and then I think, 'I haven't - I never used to drink with f***ing strangers'. So now I just avoid the situation." British funnyman Ricky Gervais no longer enjoys drinking in pubs.
Quote: "People are re-doing my shows! Translating them. I've got lookalikes around the world - Scandinavia, Holland, Germany - because I don't go to those countries to do my stand-up." Ricky Gervais is shocked to discover a team of tribute acts is replicating his live comedy shows.
Fact: Funnyman Ricky Gervais is heading back to U.S. TV screens after creating a new comedy with writer Clyde Phillips about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven. Gervais will have a cameo role in Afterlife, which he plans to debut early next year (12).
Quote: "Ugh God, I'm trying to avoid it. I don't think I'll be watching it... I'm sure I've got something better to do... I don't think I'm a wedding person." British funnyman Ricky Gervais won't be watching next week's (29Apr11) royal wedding.
Quote: "I'm working with Johnny on a new project and I said to him, 'Are you OK with it?' I never thought it would get this reaction, they were just jokes... He did (find it funny), he said he reads worse things about himself every day and they (tabloids) mean it and I'm joking!" British funnyman and 2011 Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais insists Hollywood star Johnny Depp was not upset by a cutting comment he made about his movie The Tourist at this year's ceremony.
Quote: "People always say, 'Are you gonna be in it?' Of course I'm not gonna be in it! Why would I get up at six o' clock? I get half their wages anyway!" The Office creator Ricky Gervais insists he won't be taking over from Steve Carrell following his departure from the U.S. version of the comedy show this year (11).
Quote: "I cheer when a matador gets gored." Ricky Gervais hates bullfighting.
Quote: "Had a chat with Jerry Seinfeld. We were talking about cultural reference changes for his London gigs, and halfway through he panicked and said, 'How do I know you're not stitching me up, and I'll be saying the most offensive things?' I'm getting a bad reputation." Funnyman Ricky Gervais had to convince JERRY SEINFELD to trust him after his jibes at celebrities while presenting the Golden Globes.
Quote: "I sent him an email saying: 'I think you are doing the right thing.' As a producer, I was expected to try and stop him because he is a big part of it... It can survive. Whether it should or not I don’t know." Comedian Ricky Gervais supported Steve Carell's decision to leave the U.S. version of hit TV show The Office.
Quote: "Thanks to the twitterverse, the blogosphere, all the journos and the coolest stars for coming to my rescue. It was heartwarming to realise I wasn't losing my mind. Some reactions nearly had me believing I'd gone too far too. Nearly. Can't wait for the people who thought it was over the top to see my stand-up shows. F**k me, they will s**t themselves." Ricky Gervais thanks fans for convincing him his Golden Globes hosting gig was a success after some critics slammed the funnyman's gags.
Quote: "We're all grateful actually because it's essentially a real snooze fest. He keeps everyone awake." Actress Helena Bonham Carter insists Hollywood stars at Sunday's (16Jan11) Golden Globes welcomed host Ricky Gervais' controversial jokes to lighten up the lengthy ceremony.
Tweet: "Ricky Gervais is so irreverent and rude and I absolutely adore him. He says what people are thinking." Sharon Osbourne was a fan of the funnyman's risque comments as host of the Golden Globes on Sunday (16Jan11).
Quote: "Please welcome Ashton Kutcher's dad, Bruce Willis." Ricky Gervais introduces the Die Hard star at the Golden Globes.
Quote: "Also not nominated, I Love You, Phillip Morris - Jim Carrey and Ewan MCGregor, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay, so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists then. Probably. My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke." Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais in his opening monologue.
Quote: "It was a big year for 3D movies... It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist. I feel bad about that joke... I'm jumping on the bandwagon 'cos I haven't even seen The Tourist. Who has?" Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais pokes fun at Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's critically panned movie.
Quote: "At that gig there was Harry and William, Madonna and Paul MCCartney - not one of them paid for a ticket... They could buy England between them, but no, they got in free. Unbelievable." Comedian and Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais on the celebrity turn out at a recent stand-up show.
Quote: "I only go for the weak and the feeble. I'm not going to have a go at Russell Crowe or Mickey Rourke. Mickey Rooney maybe. Betty White, I'm not scared of her. You've gotta choose your targets wisely." Ricky Gervais can't wait to tease the Hollywood stars in the audience when he hosts the Golden Globes on Sunday (16Jan11).
Fact: British comedian Ricky Gervais is going underground for his next film role - he's voicing the character Mole in a new live action adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Pre-production is expected to begin in New Zealand in the autumn (11).
Quote: "I paint now. I'm in awe of it. I like sea and landscapes, cityscapes. My style is nearly abstract. I think art is man's greatest achievement. I really do." Funnyman Ricky Gervais has a newfound passion for painting.
Quote: "Only two things make my blood boil - religious fascism and animal cruelty." British funnyman Ricky Gervais.
Quote: "I'm always daring people to complain. The gasp gives me an even bigger buzz than the laugh." Comedian Ricky Gervais thrives on shocking audiences with his stand-up routines.
Quote: "I love people who live their relationships on Twitter. Why does the world have to see you call someone Snookums? Get a life. That would be my sole Tweet: Get a f**king life." Funnyman Ricky Gervais is not a fan of micro-blogging. The Brit quit Twitter.com earlier this year (10), insisting it was pointless sharing his every thought with his online followers.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais raised $2,400 (£1,600) for a good cause by auctioning off a painting of one of his Flanimal characters for U.K. charity the Willow Foundation.
Fact: Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais have joined the star-studded cast of funnyman Jason Segel's upcoming MUPPETS movie. Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis and Billy Crystal are also among the actors making appearances in the new feature, currently shooting in Los Angeles.
Quote: "No drinking at the Emmys. Not even backstage... What do they think is going to happen?... There's no tough guys here. No Russell Crowe - he wouldn't be seen dead here, it's TV. No Christian Bale, same. Kiefer's (Sutherland) got a couple of hours as well. Mel Gibson... I'm not going to have a go at him, he's been through a lot. Not as much as the Jews, to be fair. Who wants a beer?" Ricky Gervais calls on Emmy bosses to serve up alcohol to tame TV stars at Sunday night's (29Aug10) ceremony.
Quote: "On his 57th birthday, I sent him an email and put something like, 'Happy birthday! Isn't it time you got a proper job?' I signed it 'Ricky Gervais, 42, comedian.' He sent one back saying, 'I have a proper job. David Bowie, 57, rock god.'" RICKY GERVAIS enjoys poking fun at his pal DAVID BOWIE.
Quote: "It's weird that I can talk about popping up in The Simpsons so casually. When I first got into comedy someone asked me what my ultimate ambition was. I said, 'To get a joke on The Simpsons'. I have been a very lucky boy indeed." Ricky Gervais can't believe his luck at landing a second cameo appearance in THE SIMPSONS.
Quote: "I might have to get myself a fat suit. I can't play the little funny fat guy any more." British funnyman Ricky Gervais on his shrinking waistline.
Quote: "I relish the fact that probably more people hate me and The Office and everything I do and everything I stand for than love me. And I wouldn't have it any other way, because that means you're doing something right. The last thing you want is to be a national treasure, because that means you really haven't done anything." Ricky Gervais is happy to be hated.
Quote: "I ache. I've been working out about six times a week for about 40 minutes to an hour each day - just so I can still eat and drink like a pig. This is preferable to dieting or any deprivation whatsoever." British funnyman Ricky Gervais on his fitness regime.
Quote: "That fat guy who's in The Office. I'd hit that." Pop star KE$HA has a crush on British funnyman Ricky Gervais.
Quote: "I can't imagine what the horror is like. It shows up every blemish - and I've got a lot of them! I don't get any joy out of seeing my fat face anyway." Ricky Gervais isn't looking forward to the new Blu-ray (high definition) release of his movie THE INVENTION OF LYING.
Quote: "The biggest lie (Hollywood) tells is that they care about art. They say, 'We loved this film, we loved that film, should we get him to be in it? Oh, no, he's not worth anything at the box office.' It's all about money, Hollywood is really all about money. At the end of the day, they only care about winning awards because it sells more DVDs." British comic Ricky Gervais reveals the secrets behind Hollywood.
Quote: "Every time I read a negative review now I think it's great because being hated as much as you are loved is what makes careers. Nobody ever got anywhere by everyone liking them. Yes, you become a national treasure, but you didn't do anything. I want the people who hate me to hate the fact that so many people love me. It's my mission." Funnyman Ricky Gervais on his cult status.
Quote: "I don't want to see this body. Nobody does. I went down to my boxer shorts in my last film. Yes, there were some breasts - but they were big, hairy and mine." Ricky Gervais refuses to do a nude scene.
Quote: "I like a drink as much as the next man unless the next man is Mel Gibson." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais pokes fun at the Aussie as he introduces him to the stage to present the Best Director prize.
Quote: "We actually came over on the same flight. I didn't get to speak to him because I was up the front in first class and he was behind me in coach, saving money. He spent an awful lot last year... I don't think we need to feel too sorry for him, he's doing alright." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais pokes fun at the money Sir Paul McCartney had to pay ex-wife Heather Mills in their divorce settlement.
Quote: "I've been eating nothing but lettuce. I've been running... I've been working out a little bit more." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais admits he has been getting in shape for his big Hollywood night.
Quote: "Just looking at all the faces here reminds me of some of the great work that's been done this year - by cosmetic surgeons. You all look great... I've had a penis reduction. (I've) just got the one now, and it is very tiny - but so are my hands, so when I'm holding it, it looks pretty big." Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais pokes fun at the stars in the audience at the 67th annual prizegiving.
Quote: "The Office is shown in about 90 countries, so I've been promising myself I'll visit some of them. I'm going to do the first world live comedy tour." British funnyman Ricky Gervais wants to take his stand-up show around the world.
Quote: "The bigger they are, the more they should be on red alert. (Paul) MCCartney and Bono - they're in trouble. They rule the world. Anyone richer, more talented, younger, thinner, or more handsome than me is my natural enemy." Golden Globes presenter Ricky Gervais plans to have some fun at the expense of the famous at the prizegiving next week (17Jan10).
Quote: "I want people to go, 'No one to thank, did it all myself, you made the right decision, good night. I'm not going to thank my wife, I'm going to leave her.' It would be lovely to be totally honest." Funnyman Ricky Gervais, who is hosting next week's (17Jan10) Golden Globe Awards, urges winners to be honest in their acceptance speeches.
Quote: "Why am I paid a million times a nurse's wages because I came up with a formula that sold? There's nothing to be proud of. I was lucky." Ricky Gervais is convinced he earns too much.
Quote: "I'm just a bit jet-lagged, going back and forth to America. I'd rather just sleep. I got into this business so I wouldn't have to do any work and it didn't work out like that, did it?" British funnyman Ricky Gervais is finding his busy showbiz schedule a bit too much as he prepares to host the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood in January (10).
Quote: "It's a roomful of people at tables getting drunk. That's my crowd... This will be a roomful of drunk losers, and I'm the king of drunk losers. That's why I got it!" Ricky Gervais on hosting the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
Quote: "I'm going to be drunk and I'm not going to rehearse so it's the perfect gig for me." Ricky Gervais is taking a laid-back approach to his hosting duties for the Golden Globes in January (10).
Quote: "Maybe I’m cheap. They’re saving on presenters now because they all need goody bags... Someone must have said, 'Is there, like, a fat shmuck from Britain who doesn’t know our ways and would think this is a real honour? Who’d do it for a giant pizza?' My agent overheard them." Ricky Gervais on his selection as host of the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. He'll be the first proper host of the prizegiving since 1995.
Quote: "The thing about crying is you can only do it once, so that is one take. Because once you cry, you feel better." Ricky Gervais found it easy filming an emotional scene in his new movie THE INVENTION OF LYING.
Fact: Funnyman Ricky Gervais has recreated boxing legend Muhammad Ali's iconic 1968 Esquire magazine cover for the publication's latest issue - donning just a pair of white shorts and boxing boots with arrows piercing his body.
Quote: "Being in L.A. has made me fascinated with guns and my bodyguard - he used to be one of the top hostage negotiators in the U.S." British funnyman Ricky Gervais has hired personal security to protect him.
Quote: "I sent him this email that said: 'Dear Philip, will you please appear in my new film? There is very little money involved as I spent the budget on testicular implants, but don't look upon them as my testicles, look at them as our testicles.' Apparently he liked the email and said yes." How Ricky Gervais convinced Philip Seymour Hoffman to appear in his movie THE INVENTION OF LYING.
Quote: "Why would I impose this on the world. No one's seeing what's there and I'll tell you why - because it's tiny." Funnyman Ricky Gervais insists no one will ever see him naked in a movie.
Fact: Funnyman Ricky Gervais has entered the Guinness Book of Records because his podcasts are so popular. 170 million people have downloaded his cyber musings, making them the most downloaded podcasts.
Quote: "It's the highlight of my career... Meeting Elmo, I love him. Honestly, I didn't even care there might have been a middle-aged man underneath... He's so sweet; I'd do a film with him. I'd do a buddy movie, me and Elmo going around solving crimes." Ricky Gervais was thrilled to land a guest spot on childrens show Sesame Street.
Quote: "Got followed by a couple of random paparazzi today. Apart from it being a bit embarrassing, it's not a problem. But who wants these pictures? I was dressed in a black T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. Use the picture you took yesterday. The continuity is perfect." Ricky Gervais struggles to understand why photographers trail him.
Quote: "Yes, of course they've airbrushed it. That's why I look like some sort of face-lifted old queen." British funnyman Ricky Gervais on the poster for his upcoming movie THE INVENTION OF LYING.
Quote: "I don't like getting up at 7.30 in the morning. I don't like getting up that early. What are we, farmers? 'It's the light.' Well, put a lamp on then." British funnyman Ricky Gervais hates his early starts filming upcoming movie CEMETERY JUNCTION.
Quote: "I wrote to PRESIDENT OBAMA and said, 'I know what this is about. This is retaliation for sending you POSH SPICE.'" British funnyman Ricky Gervais on hearing that socialite Paris Hilton is keen to move to London.
Quote: "I can retire now! I have turned down about 25 films this year because I'm too busy but there are some things that you say yes to without thinking. It's only a little cameo but it's such an honour." British funnyman Ricky Gervais is delighted to have made a guest appearance on hit kids TV show Spongebob Squarepants.
Quote: "Whenever it is brought out I do groan, not because I'm embarrassed at how I looked then but about how I look now. I had great cheekbones then. I removed all the mirrors from my house in about 1990." Comic Ricky Gervais laments the loss of his looks since he enjoyed minor fame in 1980s band SEONA DANCING.
Quote: "What are they going to say? That I look fat and sweaty? I'm a comedian running. I'm not a model." British star Ricky Gervais is unfazed about paparazzi targeting him as he works out.
Fact: Ricky Gervais' hit British comedy The Office is being remade for Israeli TV. It will be the sixth foreign version of the show, after America, Chile, Canada, France and Russia all adapted the show.
Quote: "You can call me a baby because I'm shaped like a baby. I'm going bald... I will probably be wearing a nappy (diaper) soon." Funnyman Ricky Gervais dreads the effects of ageing.
Quote: "They give you nothing back, children. Spongers. I said we could adopt, but I wanted to adopt a 30-year-old lawyer who's already paying rent." Ricky Gervais isn't too keen on having children.
Quote: "I'd be (James) Bond for that licence to kill. I'd use it every day. At the moment all I've got is a licence to watch TV and I use that every day." Funnyman Ricky Gervais fantasises about the life of a superspy.
Quote: "Worked on the sketch I'm doing for Sesame Street next month. They've let me write a song. I can't give too much away but I'm singing to Elmo. Can't believe my luck. Being paid to go to New York to sing to a furry little blue thing. As I've said before, all my little friends are freaks." Ricky Gervais blogs about his forthcoming appearance on kids' TV show SESAME STREET.
Quote: "I was christened Ricky. Ricky Dene Gervais, and Dene is spelt Dene and my mum says my dad was drunk when he filled it out, I don't know if that's true, the chances are he was." British comic Ricky Gervais on his unusual middle name.
Quote: "I'm not even nominated. What a waste of a campaigning. That's the last time I have sex with 200 middle aged journalists. It was horrible." Past Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais expresses his disappointment to have missed out on a nomination this year (09).
Quote: "I'm not even nominated. What a waste of a campaigning. That's the last time I have sex with 200 middle aged journalists. It was horrible." Past Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais expresses his disappointment to have missed out on a nomination this year (09).
Quote: "I should walk down the street and have people shout 'Fatty!' That's what I want, to get me out of it." Ricky Gervais has some novel ideas on losing weight.
Fact: Glenn Close, Ricky Gervais, and Jake Gyllenhaal have been added to the star-studded line-up of presenters at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, which will broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton in California on 11 January (09).
Quote: "We have a sofa, a telly and a bunch of things but no cupboard to put them in. So we're living in a hotel. We do like coming here. At $2 to the Pound, you can't afford not to." British comedian Ricky Gervais is slowly moving into the New York apartment he purchased last summer (08).
Quote: "America knows the difference between a reality show and (ROBERT) DE NIRO. In England it's: 'You? Success can't happen to a person like you!'" Comedic actor Ricky Gervais knows the difference between TV and film audiences in his native Britain and the U.S.
Quote: "America knows the difference between a reality show and (Robert) DE NIRO. In England it's: 'You? Success can't happen to a person like you!'" Comedic actor Ricky Gervais knows the difference between audiences in his native Britain and the U.S.
Quote: "I'm embarrassed by celebrity. It's ridiculous. Ten-year-old kids want to be famous. They don't know for what. Their future is just 'to be famous'." British funnyman Ricky Gervais is baffled by the ambitions of celebrity-obsessed youth.
Quote: "I've ruined about 30 or 40 per cent of all takes." Funnyman Ricky Gervais admits he's a director's worst nightmare - because he can't stop giggling on film and TV sets.
Quote: Funnyman Ricky Gervais has filmed an episode of indepth and revered U.S. chat show INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO. The British star says, "They managed to string it out for four-and-a-half hours and I needed two toilet breaks. The research is scary."
Quote: "There's no point... I mean, who wants to spend time with family? I'm so rich now I can buy as many toasters as I want." Ricky Gervais has no plans to exchange vows with longtime girlfriend JANE FALLON.
Quote: "Apparently my agents did get a few calls asking if I'd be interested. As far as I can make out, I'm on the list." Funnyman Ricky Gervais insists reports about him hosting the Oscars aren't too far fetched.
Quote: "I have the palate of a toddler. I can't eat anything that looks as if it might run around the plate. Pizza and pasta... perfect." British comic Ricky Gervais is a picky eater.
Quote: "(Women are) ashamed of me. They'd have to be under strong interrogation to admit they like me!" British comic Ricky Gervais refutes claims he's a sex symbol.
Quote: "I was so respectful when Bowie was in the room; I wanted to help him to his seat like he was the Pope - not that he needs it; he looks better than me." Comedian Ricky Gervais gave rocker David Bowie the VIP treatment when he made a guest appearance on his hit show EXTRAS.
Quote: "I can't even send soup back now. There could be a snail in it and I wouldn't send it back, 'cause I don't want anyone going, 'Ooh, he's getting above himself...'" Comedian Ricky Gervais fears being labelled a snob now that he's famous.
Quote: "I get paid too much. I hate waste." British comic Ricky Gervais doesn't think he deserves his salary.
Quote: "I can't stand waiting in lines. I hate people talking inanely about Lord Of The Rings. I hate people whistling. I'm not like this because I am famous, I've always been a grumpy b**tard." British funnyman Ricky Gervais has a lot of pet peeves.
Quote: "I hate people who are late. I have never been late for anything in my life. I was actually born a week premature, because I wanted to be early for my own birth." British comic Ricky Gervais despises tardiness.
Quote: "(I hate) spiders. Nothing needs that many legs." Ricky Gervais.
Quote: "I can't imagine what advice I will be able to give a room full of acting students...f**k around 'til you're 36 then write and star in the most successful British comedy of all time. Now off you go." The Office star Ricky Gervais is nervous about leading an acting class.
Quote: "He couldn't actually win one of his own, so he stole someone else's. I sat through Evan Almighty - give me my Emmy... I've got nothing to lose, I'm nobody here." British comedian Ricky Gervais challenges his American counterpart Steve Carell after the actor took home an Emmy for the pair's international hit TV series The Office in Gervais' absence last year (07).
Quote: "He couldn't actually win one of his own, so he stole someone elses. I sat through Evan Almighty - give me my Emmy... I'll tickle you I've got nothing to lose, I'm nobody here." British comedian Ricky Gervais challenges his American counterpart Steve Carell after the actor took home an Emmy for the pair's international hit TV series The Office in Gervais' absence last year (07).
Quote: "If it's not my idea, I'm suspicious of it. Someone could come to me with the best idea in the world, and I would be like, 'So why haven't I thought of that?'" British funnyman Ricky Gervais prefers writing his own scripts.
Quote: "I'm not a traditionally handsome man... My fortune hasn't been my looks... (but) tell me I'm as good looking as Paul Giamatti." British funnyman Ricky Gervais insists he won't be the ugliest man at the Emmy Awards.
Quote: "There's a very good reason for that: they don't get out enough." British comedian Ricky Gervais reasons why Hollywood actresses Kate Hudson and Eva Mendes and singer Lily Allen have all confessed to having "secret crushes" on him.
Quote: "He is an absolute master at playing buffoons. He's even better than Ricky Gervais at being a slightly objectionable character. There's something of the a** in him, and he freely admits that." Actor Simon Pegg praises the comedic talents of fellow Brit Steve Coogan.
Quote: "Yes, I know I looked sweaty and fat but I have an excuse... It was the hottest day of the year - and I'm fat!" British comedian Ricky Gervais defends a recent batch of unflattering photographs.
Fact: Hit TV show The Office is heading to Russia. National network Channel One has signed a deal to make its own version of the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant-created BBC comedy. The British original is now shown in more than 70 countries around the world - with local versions in the U.S., France, Canada and Chile.
Quote: "I always try to get something in about how fat and stupid I look. In my head I look like a young David Bowie. Then I catch a glimpse of myself in the window and I go, 'Who's Fatty looking at? Oh...'" British funnyman Ricky Gervais likes to poke fun at himself.
Quote: "Paparazzi got me standing on a street corner... just waiting. They got a picture and they put underneath it, 'Is Ricky pregnant?' Well, you know, I've learned you never ask anyone that, just in case they're not. It's a real faux-pas." British actor Ricky Gervais is sensitive to jokes about his weight.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais' stand-up show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Friday (11Jul08) was taped for an upcoming cable TV special.
Quote: "This is the best script I've read in five years. Also, I wanted something American. They're better at it than us. I know it's a terrible thing to say, and there is the odd exception, but we haven't really cut the mustard since about 1950... This was funny, it's a good part and it's American." Comedian Ricky Gervais on why he decided to accept a role in forthcoming film GHOST TOWN.
Quote: "What's the point? We don't need a toaster... We've got all the contracts, we've got the wills sorted out." Funnyman Ricky Gervais has no plans to wed his longtime partner JANE FALLON.
Quote: "It's a strange thing. I stopped being funny when I became a comedian." British funnyman Ricky Gervais thinks he stopped being amusing when he hit the big time.
Quote: "I could happily put a spike through the back of their heads. People wearing fur. Sometimes I wish there was a God to punish them." British comedian Ricky Gervais on the ways he would punish people who wear fur for fashion's sake.
Quote: "It's not really a proper ceremony unless I bag a couple, is it? I reckon they will probably just bung me one at the end so everybody's not too disappointed." British funnyman Ricky Gervais on not receiving any nominations at Sunday's (10Feb08) BAFTA awards in London.
Quote: "I like attending these things because it gives me the chance to ask people to appear on EXTRAS." British funnyman Ricky Gervais only attends star-studded events including Sunday's (10Feb08) BAFTAS in London, to persuade other celebrities to take part in his hit TV show.
Quote: "I think it would be about Andy trying to make it in Hollywood. And failing miserably. Obviously." British funnyman Ricky Gervais is contemplating taking his hit TV show EXTRAS to America.
Quote: "Americans are bought up to believe they can become the next president of the United States. British people are told, 'It won't happen to you'." Ricky Gervais on good old-fashioned British cynicism.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais has dubbed the upcoming Christmas episode of his hit comedy show EXTRAS a "TV movie" because the programme will run to 80 minutes long.
Quote: "I don't get embarrassed that easily. I get more embarrassed for other people. If I were to wet myself I'd say: 'Look, I've wet myself'. No embarrassment." There isn't much that makes British funnyman Ricky Gervais blush.
Quote: "It's the first 18 years. It annoys us when we have to get someone to look after the cat!" British funnyman Ricky Gervais on why he and girlfriend JANE FALLON refuse to have children.
Quote: "In all honesty, it's the access to other stars. That's number one - and second would be jumping the queue at the airport!" British funnyman Ricky Gervais loves the perks of being famous.
Quote: "I work out and I want to be healthy but I'm not going to stop drinking beer because there's too many carbs in it. I won't not have an occasional cigar or starve myself in case someone else will get a role. That's the difference." British comedian Ricky Gervais on why he won't change his routine to fit in with the Hollywood lifestyle.
Quote: "I do it so I can live longer - and eat more cheese." British funnyman Ricky Gervais reveals the real reason behind his grueling gym sessions.
Quote: "Right now she's probably drunk in a ditch. You don't see Michelle Pfeiffer walking round with a can of lager - Ashley would." British funnyman Ricky Gervais insists fame has not gone to his EXTRAS co-star and UGLY BETTY actress Ashley Jensen's head.
Quote: "He could have mentioned this before. Talk about rubbing salt into the wound. I'm sure he would like me to say I've been robbed, and I would agree. And it's not like he hasn't got enough already." British funnyman Stephen Merchant grudgingly accepts co-star Ricky Gervais' seventh TV Bafta on his behalf, awarded for his performance in Extras.
Quote: "It would be a little in-joke in the American Office. I want (Steve Carrell) to be watching EXTRAS and for him to go 'I like this guy.' Steve would go 'They should make an American version. I'd be good at that.'" British funnyman Ricky Gervais on his script ideas for the US version of his hit comedy The Office.
Quote: "The only way I get a deep bronze tan is if my freckles all join." Funnyman Ricky Gervais on his inability to tan.
Quote: "I wouldn't pay GBP10 ($19) to see me in a film." British comedian-turned-actor Ricky Gervais doesn't think much of his big-screen debut in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM.
Quote: "I know about office protocol in Britain, whereas in America I don't know if I'm getting it right or not." The Office creator Ricky Gervais worries the episode he's written for the US spin-off show, which airs tonight (29NOV06), will prove a success.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais' cameo role in US TV show 24 was reportedly axed after he filmed a walk-on part. British newspaper The Sun claims producers decided he was "too recognisable" after his success with The Office and EXTRAS.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais is set to reveal the secrets of hit TV show The Office in a new behind-the-scenes documentary. Producer TOBY STEVENS confirms he's in talks with Gervais and co-writer Stephen Merchant to appear on the BBC COMEDY CONNECTIONS project.
Fact: English comedian Ricky Gervais has been named on the 2006 People Of The Year list by British society bible Debrett's
Quote: "How could I turn that down? Just think of that, the world's greatest actor - and Robert De Niro - in the same scene." British funnyman Ricky Gervais quips about being offered a part in De Niro's new movie STARDUST.
Fact: Elizabeth Hurley and The Office stars Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman are auctioning off personal possessions in the name of charity on British DJ JOHNNY VAUGHAN's Capital Radio show today (22JUL06). Proceeds go towards the Help A London Child appeal.
Quote: "I'm usually in a tracksuit. I look homeless. People don't bother me because they think I'm going to ask them for money... When my tracksuit wears out, I'll wear a tuxedo around like a quaint Victorian tramp." Funnyman Ricky Gervais insists he isn't a snappy dresser.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais is joining Sean Combs, Motorhead's Lemmy, Cheech Marin and FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS star HUEY in lending a voice to characters in the new computer game version of Scarface.
Fact: British funnyman Ricky Gervais is joining Sean Combs, Motorhead's Lemmy, Cheech Marin and FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS star HUEY in lending a voice to characters in the new computer game version of Scarface.
Quote: <p>"I ingest so much (cheddar cheese) in single sittings that if I walked into a room full of mice, I'd be covered in them. It would look like a big, squeaky suit, and they'd be licking up my arms and legs." British comedian Ricky Gervais. </p>