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Excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter interview w/Ricky Gervais

  • THR: I want to ask you about your work ethic because, since The Office, it's amazing how many projects — not just projects, but good projects — you've managed to put out. In another interview you said, "I was the laziest man in the world before I made The Office, but now I'm addicted to that sort of success." And so, I just wonder if you can expand upon that statement and how you've handled fame, which is a theme that pops up in The Office, Extras and a lot of your work.
  • RG: Well, I suppose because I didn't care for it — in fact, I feared it and, yet, I was fascinated with it. I have done quite a study, and I think that, for many reasons, I didn't really need fame, you know? I was never impressed by fame, per se. I was never impressed with people who were just famous; I was impressed with what people have done, and fame was not a part of what they did, you know? I was impressed with sportsmen because of the great sacrifices they made and achievements they made. I was impressed with scientists because of their brilliance, you know? And nowadays, where we've got people famous for being famous and who live their life like an open wound and get rewarded for it, I don't get it. You know, the worst role models in the world are being called good role models? I don't get it. I don't know why it's exponential. Andy Warhol could never have thought how prophetic his phrase was, but it's gotten worse and worse and I can't see an end to it. I mean, soon, everyone's going to be famous and we're not going to have any doctors. It's like everyone wants to win X Factor and Pop Idol and soon, half the nation are going to be singing and people are going to be dying on the streets because no one will be able to treat them. (Laughs.) I mean, I don't know what this thing is, "I want to be famous so let me" and we will go, "OK." I mean, what can you do? I mean, there was a survey amongst 10-year-olds, a university survey a few years ago, and they asked them what they wanted to be, and they said, "Famous." Not even a pop star, just famous. And I'm always fascinated with that. I've feared fame in the sense that I didn't want to be lumped in with those people, you know, because people are stupid. People see someone from a reality game show who got their bits out sitting them next to a great auteur on a chat show and they don't really see the difference; in fact, they're a little bit bored with the auteur because they don't know who he is. "I don't know who he is. He's never been on Pop Idol." You know? If there was a slight gray little scientist that came up into the sunlight and cured the world of AIDS, and then Kim Kardashian was behind him, most of the population would go, "Get out of the way, mate, there's Kim Kardashian!" (Laughs.) "I don't even know your face, mate." "I've just cured the world of —" "Yeah, yeah, yeah — Kim, what are you wearing?! You haven't even put out a perfume, mate!" (Laughs.)

On Being Different:

Far to often we question people because they’re weird. We question people because they’re different. Far to often I questioned myself because people told me I was weird and different. As I’ve grown, traveled and observed the world, I’ve accepted my weirdness. That’s where my inspiration comes from; my fucking perspective. There are far more people on the outside than there are on the inside. Speak from your perspective. WE NEED IT. I NEED IT. THE WORLD NEEDS IT. If everyone on the inside is just like me what the fuck am I going to learn? How the fuck am I going to grow? So as I sit here with golden stock​ and listen to Kilo Kish. I feel compelled to tell you and remind myself never let anyone tell you the art isn’t within you. Your perspective and your outlook is acceptable.

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