Gervais on hosting Golden Globes: "I've got very low standards."
Tonight's Golden Globe Awards host, Ricky Gervais, and his longtime collaborator, Stephen Merchant, came to Winter TV Press Tour 2010 Thursday to plug their new animated HBO series "The Ricky Gervais Show"-- but they also got asked a lot of questions about Gervais's plans for hosting Sunday night's trophy show:
Question: You look pretty calm up there, Ricky. How do you have time to be doing this [Q&A session]? You've got a big event coming up this weekend. Can you tell us what you have in store for that?
Gervais: I don't know yet. I'm pretty calm because I've got very low standards. I don't really care what happens. They're not really going to invite me back. So I might as well.
Stephen Merchant: What are you doing?
Gervais: I'm doing the Golden Globes - big award show - Sunday.
[Gervais and Merchant both shake their heads incredulously]
Merchant: You're not going to be controversial?
Gervais: No. I'm going to be drunk. Everybody else is.
Question: I believe you when you say you are pretty calm about hosting [The Golden Globes] because you've got really low standards and you will probably be drunk but you did tell the LA Times that you are going to take the opportunity to roast every other actor in the room who's more successful and better looking than you, and I was wondering if you could talk about that.
Gervais: That's every one of them - unless Mickey Rooney is there. Yeah, we'll see how it goes...Anyone [at the ceremony] who isn't concentrating will not get it -- so they'd better listen. They'd better not talk when I'm on, because then they will get my attention and then they are in trouble.
Merchant: Someone asked me earlier, 'Do you think Ricky is going to be controversial? Because there is a danger he could wind up with death threats,' which really unnerved me because I'm almost certain [I'm] going to take that bullet.
Gervais: it's like 'Boyz in the Hood' - I'm going to do something but you're going to, yeah.
Question: As ambivalent as you are a celebrity, is there anybody that you're really looking forward to meeting on Sunday?
Gervais: I don't know if I'll meet them.I'll be busy. If they come and try to talk to me, I'll say, 'I'm at work. Shut up, you drunk'...I'm in awe of all of them, joking aside. I think that it's a room of really talented people we both admire. You've got creators of our favorite shows... They're all in that room. So it doesn't mean they're not going to get a roasting, but it means that I admire them secretly."
Question: If this is a preview of how the Globes is going to go, it should be an interesting show.
Gervais: Yeah, I was on 'Ellen' just today and I told this story of the first time myself and Stephen went to the Globes. It all started for us in America here at the Globes -- 2004. We thought we were making up the numbers with this little show on BBC America called 'The Office'. And then when we won, we couldn't believe it. And we all went up like a motley crew. That was unbelievable. You could see -- we watched it back, and the camerman didn't know how to get us all in the frame...there's Steve Merchant, like 8 foot 9, at the back. He didn't know where to focus. I think they cut [his] head off.
Merchant: It was just my throat down.
Gervais: And apparently, Clint Eastwood turned to someone at his table and said 'Who the [expletive] are they?' Which is my favorite quote ever."
Lisa de Moraes
January 17, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories: Winter TV Press Tour 2010
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