Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, author, actor, director, producer, screenwriter and former pop musician. He achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with friend and collaborator, Stephen Merchant. Besides writing and directing the shows, Gervais also played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also appeared in several Hollywood films, including For Your Consideration, Stardust, Night at the Museum and Ghost Town.
Question: What's it like to hang out with you and your friends?
Gervais: They wouldn’t. They think they would but then, as soon as I started squeezing their head and taking pictures of them, they’d go home. I know now why Ricky only got 6 mates in their world. And it’s the same mates for 25 years, is the strongest ones, he’s [leaching]. They think that whatever doesn’t kill him makes him stronger. I don’t know. The rest keep sounding like I’m, quote in my own catch phrase, “having a laugh” outside, being a good, decent, honest person, a decent job of work, health, of course, fundamental. It’s having a laugh. Having a laugh and not hurting anyone. And that’s it, really. That really is it.