During the promotion of new film Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais left the door open for the revival of Extras.
Sky News spoke to the creator of Extras and The Office…
“The reason I’d like to do Extras again is because whenever I go to an awards ceremony like the Golden Globes or the Emmys, just ridiculous people come up to me and say they’d like to do Extras and I phone up Steve [Merchant] and say, ‘Oh man, you’ll never guess who wants to be in Extras now’.”
The block quote above means that Gervais unquestionably has ideas for the show, but he’s now an international movie star who has the creative ability to write and direct completely original films (like the Invention of Lying).
In my opinion, Gervais is wise to leave the possibility of an Extras revival open because it leaves fans of the show optimistic and, if his movies don’t do as well as expected, Gervais always has something to fall back on.
And just because he has ideas and a huge demand for the show doesn’t mean he would (or should) go back and do it.
What do you think?
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In a recent interview, Ricky Gervais admitted that he probably won’t be asked to host the vaunted Academy Awards because he is too controversial a figure, and his brand of comedy doesn’t seem to fit the show.
The Office and Extras star is currently one of the many names that is being floated around to host the prestigious show in February. Gervais feels that the head of the Academy will choose someone else, though.
“I don’t think it will happen. Americans do get my humor but in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, ‘The Oscars isn’t about comedy, it’s about a bunch of people turning up to see if they get an award.’
Gervais doesn’t feel like he would fit in with the show because of its’ uptight demeanor.
“It is a huge deal and it’s very flattering to be considered but I’m not sure I would be right,” he said. “It’s a historic, stuffy thing and I’d want to have fun with it and I don’t think they’d want me to do that. I wouldn’t be allowed to do what I wanted and it would be me reading an autocue. I don’t need to do these things. I don’t want to up my profile.”
Personally, I’d love to see Gervais host the Oscars. But I’d also like the host to be funny, and they seemed to tame Chris Rock when he hosted, so maybe Gervais isn’t such a good idea. My choice over Gervais, however, would have to be Russell Brand.