‘I am God’ says con­trol freak Ger­vais

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - Mail Re­porter

HE HAS never been afraid of court­ing con­tro­versy and to­day Ricky Ger­vais risks invit­ing another row by declar­ing: ‘I am God.’

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view in to­day’s TV Week, the co­me­dian makes the re­mark when asked if he be­comes a con­trol freak when he per­forms.

‘Def­i­nitely, ab­so­lutely,’ he ad­mits.

‘That’s why I love stand-up more than any­thing. I say when and where the shows are, how much the ticket is, what I talk about.

‘I don’t an­swer to any­one. Apart from the laws of the land, I am God!

‘I’m not ashamed to say that with art you have to be a com­plete fas­cist.’

Ger­vais, who shot to fame in hit TV show The Of­fice, is cur­rently on a stand-up tour with a show called Hu­man­ity. He also re­veals in TV Week that he was of­fered the role of Churchill in the forth­com­ing film Dark­est Hour, but turned it down.

‘fas­cist’: Con­tro­ver­sial co­me­dian Ricky Ger­vais

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