Ricky Ger­vais: Stand-up turns me into ‘God’

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

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?” ’

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