Tuesday, October 14, 2008
5 Roles Ricky Gervais Turned Down
From Entertainment Weekly, five big projects that funnyman Ricky Gervais ("The Office," Ghost Town, "Extras") says he was offered and declined. Rumors persist that Gervais is being courted to host next year's Oscar ceremony.
Pirates of the Caribbean 2
Gervais passed on the chance to share the screen with Johnny Depp, saying, "I didn’t want to sit in a Winnebago for six months waiting to show up as a comedy pirate for two minutes."
The Da Vinci Code
Ditto to costarring with Tom Hanks in this 2006 Ron Howard thriller. "I’m going to pop up and people are going to go: That’s the fat fellow from "The Office"! Who the f**k does he think he is?"
J.J. Abrams approached the comedian about his franchise reboot, due next summer: "I was never a big fan, so I would’ve felt guilty taking the part just to be in a blockbuster. To what? Boost my profile?"
"I said 'no' straight-away," Gervais says about an offer to star in a new version. "Why would I mess with a perfect comedy? They know people don’t watch films that have the wrong font — it’s got an ’80s font."
"Magnum P.I." movie
Gervais wouldn’t say which role was offered, but we’ll bet it rhymes with "Figgins." "I don’t want to be the funny butler…because [roles like that] do no good. I just keep walking away."
If you aren't familiar with Gervais, here's a short clip from his stand-up.
A clip from the original BBC version of "The Office," the precursor to the American version. Gervais plays David Brent, that show's version of Steve Carell's Michael Scott. (NSFW)
And, for TotalBlammBlamm, a clip from "Extras"... Gervais (as sitcom actor Andy Millman) meets rock god David Bowie. Brilliant and hilarious.