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: Are you into politics?
Gervais: I think… I know less about politics than any other subjects in the world. I got caught up in the… the US election more than anything else. I don’t know why. I do know why. It was because of Obama. He was so charismatic, so accessible, and he captured the imagination of… Which is a dangerous thing as well, you know. Charisma is dangerous in politics. We don’t know if he’s going to be any good. I think he will be. But… And all the celebrities are getting on the bandwagon doesn’t help, ever. That always scares me. I always feel sorry for, you know, the President… If I was to say, just stay off my side, really. You know… You know, Lindsay Lohan, I like the black one. Well, if Lindsay… Yeah. What Britney? What do you like? You like the black one too, do you? Okay, that’s it. I mean, really, please… really. Yeah. That’s going to help.