Re­al­ity charms lost on Ger­vais

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RICKY Ger­vais cringes at pre­ten­tious re­al­ity TV stars. The ac­tor, 52, hates watch­ing peo­ple em­bar­rass them­selves be­cause it makes him feel un­com­fort­able.

The star ad­mits he’s some­times forced to tol­er­ate the feel­ing be­cause his long­time girl­friend Jane Fal­lon is a big fan of bad TV.

‘‘Watch­ing some­one on a re­al­ity show flirt­ing, be­ing pre­ten­tious or needy – it’s too much,’ he tells Amer­ica’s Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

‘‘I try and run away but my girl­friend holds me down and makes me watch.’’

Ger­vais has a lit­tle more time on his hands than usual as he’s cur­rently nurs­ing a shoul­der in­jury he sus­tained while lift­ing weights dur­ing a gym ses­sion.

The Bri­tish co­me­dian ad­mits he’s been drugged up on pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion to cope with the pain of ten­dini­tis. ‘‘I’ve got a frozen shoul­der right now,’’ he says. ‘‘I’m on painkillers, mus­cle re­lax­ants and just had a steroid in­jec­tion, which was dread­ful.

‘‘If the doc­tor said I screamed and cried like a baby, he’s a liar.’’

Ger­vais is look­ing for­ward to be­ing back on the big screen soon, how­ever.

He stars op­po­site Salma Hayek and Tom Hid­dle­ston in next year’s fam­ily-friendly fea­ture Mup­pets Most Wanted, and con­fessed the song and dance role pushed him out of his safety zone.

Jok­ing that he last bust a move in 1985, Ger­vais re­vealed that his dance se­quence was some­what em­bar­rass­ing. ‘‘I do a proper song and dance rou­tine,’’ he says. ‘‘I feel sorry for the peo­ple who have to watch and get as em­bar­rassed as I do watch­ing some­one em­bar­rass them­selves.’’

Ger­vais most re­cent TV out­ing is the se­ries Derek.

An Idiot Abroad: Tues­days, Wed­nes­days, var­i­ous times, UK-TV; Derek: The Mak­ing Of: Thurs­day, 10pm, ABC1.

Ricky Ger­vais

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