Ricky Gervais is a "dictator"
The British comic wrote and directed new movie Cemetery Junction with his close friend Stephen Merchant. He admits he is fiercely protective of his work and has clear visions about what he wants to do. Ricky couldn?t bear to see anyone else direct the script he penned for Cemetery Junction and is pleased with how the feel good drama has turned out.
"Artistically we are total dictators," Ricky said when asked if he and Stephen were tough on set. "No doubt about it. Once you get to be a director, there`s no argument. You get your way. I realised that early on. The reason we - I - direct and produce is to protect the writing. That`s the DNA of the piece. The rest is bringing up baby."
Ricky has gained a reputation for his outrageous comments, but he insists he is usually being sarcastic or thought provoking rather than offensive. The funnyman wishes more people would understand his sense of humour and laugh at what he says rather than take it to heart. However, Ricky refuses to tone down his jokes and admits people?s outrage fuels his desire to say outlandish things.
"I do play on people`s stupidity and I don`t apologise for it," he added in an interview with the British edition of GQ magazine. "If people can`t tell I`m joking, I don`t know what more I can do. When I play someone who`s stupid and bigoted, either as David Brent or in my stand-up? if people think I find African poverty and disability funny, rather than it being a satirical character piece, they`re too stupid for me to bother with."