Ricky Gervais, the controversial comedian behind hit shows like The Office and Entourage, has admitted that he would love to host The Oscars. But the big question is would The Academy ever give him one of the most coveted jobs in Hollywood for comedians. And would they give him full creative control over the material?
“I would if they said I could say what I wanted, but they would never say that,” Gervais told E! News at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his new Netflix movie Special Correspondents.
Ricky Gervais has become known for some very scandalous hosting gigs at The Golden Globes. He has hosted that particular award show a couple of times and each time he made the celebrities in attendance very uncomfortable with jokes that targeted them in particular. The last time he hosted The Golden Globes was earlier this year.
“You disgusting, pill popping, sexual deviant scum,” Gervais said as he opened the show.
Gervais also became known for drinking while he was on stage and acting like he really didn’t want to be there.
When asked whether he would ever host the Golden Globes again, Gervais said that he would consider taking the job one more time.
“It’s funny because I feel like I get it out of my system and then when it comes around like this time I said no because I was just too busy, but they persuaded me. But I do enjoy it every time I do it. It’s always fun.
Ricky Gervais also admitted that doing the show is a blast for him, although a lot of people say that it doesn’t seem that way.
“People think I don’t enjoy it,” he said. “I love it. I love going up there and saying what I want but it is stressful. It’s quite stressful because you gotta work. I do work a little bit.”
These days Ricky Gervais has a lot more on his plate other than hosting glitzy award shows. With his new movie, Special Correspondents, Gervais says that he’s reached a point in his career where he doesn’t care whether he pisses anyone off.
“I think I’ve reached the age where I don’t have any fear anymore,” Gervais said in an interview with The New York Daily News.
“For 10 years, there wasn’t a week that went past when a journalist didn’t say, ‘This is the end of his career, this joke’… The more they say that, the bigger I’m getting.”
As The New York Daily News reports, Gervais’ new film will be released on Netflix on Friday and Gervais will be doing stand-up comedy again soon.
The film is a bit of a deviation from Gervais’ regular shtick, according to The New York Daily News. The film is a remake of the 2009 French comedy “Envoyés Très Spéciaux,” a remake which Gervais directed, wrote, and starred in. His character is subtle and more subdued than his regular fare, as Ricky plays a low-key radio producer working as the side-kick to a young, star reporter. The hot-shot reporter is being played by Eric Bana.
I may have just written my most offensive stand up routine ever. Could go well. Could end a lovely career. It’s the not knowing that’s fun.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 18, 2016
— smh.com.au (@smh) April 23, 2016
— The Independent (@Independent) April 13, 2016
Bana and Gervais’ character are tasked with a high-profile assignment, reporting from an uprising in Ecuador. But then Gervais’ character loses their passports by accident. They then make the crazy decision to do all their war reporting from the confines of an apartment and eventually stage their own kidnappings.
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