As the champion of atheism, British comedy, and put-down humor, it makes sense why Redditors love Ricky Gervais. It also makes sense that when he tells Reddit to ask him anything (AMA), they have a lot of questions. Reddit's inquiries were personal, funny, and often lewd, and Gervais responded in kind. He also discussed his new show Derek, which has already aired in England and will come to Netflix on September 12th. The mockumentary comedy centers around Derek, played by Gervais, a sweet and bumbling nursing home worker. Here are some of Gervais' best quotes from the AMA, some about Derek, and some about...other things.
On who would play the lead in a movie about Gervais:"Daniel Day-Lewis would play me as a baby. He can do anything. Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt are fighting out for me now. And Meryl Streep will play me after the sex change. I haven't told you about that, have I?"
On his current favorite shows: "My favourite shows of the year are House of Cards, the Scandinavian versions of The Killing and The Bridge, and my guilty pleasure is everything MMA. Ultimate Fighter is amazing."
On whether Derek was based on his experiences: "The situation certainly is. Half my family growing up were carers of some sort, mostly retirement homes (stroke, Alzheimers), and Derek is like my fictional superhero of an everyday gentle outsider. I suppose they're all little fables about kindness. And possibly, a love letter to my lovely, poor and humble family growing up."
On which The Office boss would survive longer as gladiators in ancient Rome (Gervais played the UK Office's boss David Brent):"Brent lasts longest. Because he begs for his life, and then stabs Michael when he lets him up."
On his worst experience:"I saw Louis CK naked."
On his favorite comedians:"Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dave Allen, and a couple of new boys heading towards that list like Louis CK and Doug Stanhope."
On his favorite snack:"Cheese on toast has got to be right up there."
On what he would do as King of England:"I'd probably invade a country. A smaller, weaker country. One that can't defend itself and is helpless. With lots of gold."
On his infamous bathtub selfies:"I like my baths really deep and hot. But washing everything only takes a few minutes. So I thought it would be a waste to just flush all that water away. So there was nothing else to do but take pictures of myself trying to look as horrendous as possible. Oh my, what have I started?"
On his greatest accomplishment:"I fought a bear once. But it started crying, so I let it off."
On the moment when he became a celebrity in America:"I guess winning the Golden Globes for The Office in 2004 against all odds started it all. When I went up to collect the first award, Clint Eastwood was overheard to say 'Who the f**k is that?'"
On being known as Reddit's "King of the Atheists":"I prefer 'God of the Atheists.'"
Read the rest, including the questions Gervais chose not to answer, here.
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Of course, this is Californication's first foray into the art of the Lost reunion; some shows have made a religion out of the practice. Here's a look at some of the biggest power player series in the game of bringing old islanders together again.
The CBS series Hawaii Five-0 kicked off with the appeal of Daniel Dae Kim, who played the excellently crafted Jin, at the center of its cast. Since, the program has brought on Terry O'Quinn — the iconic John Locke — for an extended multi-episode arc, playing an equally nebulous character. As a bonus, the series featured a one-off appearance by Tania Raymonde, Lost's Alex Rosseau, who underwent a harsh interrogation by Officer Jin.
Person of Interest
Island breakout star Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) pulls the heavy weight in the CBS crime drama Person of Interest, from Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams. Over the course of Person of Interest's first season, Emerson has reunited with Brett Cullen, who played Goodwin Stanhope, Linus' rival for the affections of Juliet Burke... whose ex-husband's portrayer, Željko Ivanek, is also a recurring star on Person of Interest. But there's more: Alan Dale, who played Charles Widmore on the ABC program, has shown up to add a dose of his menacing style to Emerson's new series.
Once Upon a Time
Unfortunately, no two Lost castmembers have appeared onscreen at the same time on Once Upon a Time. But the show comes from two of Lost's writers, and has featured Alan Dale and Emilie de Ravin, the latter of whom played Claire on Lost and an incarnation of Beauty and the Beast's Belle on Once Upon a Time.
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