Gervais unfazed -- as always
by Ed Bark on January 13th 2012 at 11:28 pm
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Ricky Gervais' latest new series for HBO, Life's Too Short, will take wing on Feb. 19th with the first of seven half-hour episodes.
So there's the plug, save to also note that dwarf Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films) is the comedy nougat this time, with Gervais and longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant also playing rough approximations of themselves.
Of more immediate concern are Gervais' duties as the host of Sunday night's Golden Globes awards on NBC.
Perhaps you've heard. He created quite a stir last year with his very pointed barbs at some of the A-list swells in attendance. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association initially swore off him, but ultimately invited him back for "another go," as locatetv.com put it during a Friday morning interview session pegged to Life's Too Short.
Gervais found that amusing. "I'm going to have another go," he riffed. "Let him have another go. He screwed it again."
Expectations have only increased, though. What will he say? What will he do? Might he again have a glass of beer at the ready? "Do you get nervous at all?" he's asked.
"You just made me," Gervais said. "I wasn't before you asked that question.
"No, what's the worst that can happen? I end my career once a week if you read the press. Everyone says that's the end. I only do things that could end my career now. That's the fun. That's my extreme sport."
But Gervais will do what pleases him. And "when you get final edit -- which I do and demand -- and you're happy with with what you've done, nothing else matters. You're bulletproof.
"I'm a considerate comedian," he added. "I'm not one of those people who thinks comedy is your conscience taking the day off. My conscience never takes a day off. I know what I'm going to say, outside of ad libbing. I can justify it and I stand by it as I do every joke I did last year. I don't care what people think."
Another writer asked Gervais about bets supposedly being taken on whom he might "target."
" 'Target' is a word I wouldn't use he said. "What sort of bet is that? I've got nothing against any of those people in the room. I've worked with many of them. I like many of them.
"I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or give them a bad night or undermine the moral fabric of America. I'm a comedian. I'd rather they laughed than gasped, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs. I don't think there was (outrage.) Was there? What did I say that was so outrageous?
"Oh yeah," he said, dropping a climactic punchline. "I just remembered."