Shirtless Ricky Gervais & Ellie Kemper: 'GQ' Comedy Features!
Here’s what the 51-year-old comedian and actor had to share:
On the ending of The Office: “You know, it wasn’t my baby. It was my rights, so I cashed the checks. I think it was good, but I didn’t have the same emotional attachment to it.”
On being worried about how people see him: “This will sound arrogant: I don’t worry about it at all. I think I’m pretty self-aware. I think I know what I’m doing. You know when you’ve been a prat, you know when you’re being a prat, you know when something sounds pretentious. But you’re right—by definition you don’t know. It’s funny, Christopher Guest said to me—we were talking about comedians we used to like and if people go off the boil—and he was basically saying: ‘What if we become the people we don’t rate anymore? What if we lose it and we don’t know it?’ And I went (grins), ‘Who cares?’”
On what he talked about with David Bowie: “Music and comedy. I think I might have said what a huge fan I was. And I think he liked my stuff. He introduced me at Madison Square Garden—you are asking! I got him to do a little thing in Extras. I remember we went round his flat, and it’s exactly as you’d expect it to be—just beautiful and tasteful and modern, and there’s this wonderful statue. And I went, ‘Oh, that’s amazing.’ (slips into a perfect David Bowie impression) ‘Yeah, the artist, what he’s trying to do there is do the 3-D representation of Picasso’s 2-D representation of 3-D…(pauses)… My daughter likes to hit it with a hammer.’ I love people like that, because they’re sort of aware of who they are. The first time he buzzed me in, the concierge called up [to his flat] and said, ‘Mr. Jones?’ Of course he’s Mr. Jones! He’s not f–king David Bowie! I met David Jones.”
Ricky was joined in the magazine by The Office U.S. star Ellie Kemper.