Ricky Gervais, The Atheist, Will Play God in ‘Afterlife’

Ricky GervaisWell isn’t this just adorable. Ricky Gervais is making himself God. Wait, isn’t he an atheist? Yes. Yes he is. And he’s going to play God? Yes. Yes he is.

Now that that’s settled, remember back to a week ago when we reported that Gervais was teaming with Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips for a show called Afterlife? Gervais wasn’t set to star in the show, but we knew he’d make an appearance. I don’t think any of us knew he was going to make THE appearance.

On his blog, Gervais described his holy character:

But he’s a slightly different God to the one you may have seen in Bruce Almighty and other Hollywood films. He’s an arrogant, wisecracking son of a bitch, who thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. (So another stretch for me as an actor then.)

Actually he thinks he’s the best thing ever because… well, he is. (He invented sliced bread by the way.) He also loves welcoming atheists to heaven with a smug grin on his face.

He likes atheists deep down though. Or rather he likes good atheists. He admires the fact that they were moral people even though they didn’t believe they would ever be rewarded with everlasting life.

Well, this should be interesting. Too bad we’ve got to wait until 2012 to see it.

Source: Aol TV, RickyGervais.com

Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.