Ricky Gervais: Stand-up turns me into ‘God’
HE’S 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 Event magazine, the comedian, pictured above, makes the remark when asked if he becomes a control freak when he performs.
‘ Definitely. Absolutely,’ he admits. ‘That’s why I love standup 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!’ He quips: ‘There’s your headline! 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 Event that he was offered the role of Churchill in the upcoming film Darkest Hour, but turned it down.
‘It would have been dreadful,’ he says. ‘People would go, “That’s a comic, he’s not Churchill, who does he think he is?” ’