29 Total Quotes

Ricky Gervais Quotes

Look, just tell me where that lemon came from and I'll shut up and go away.
Ricky Gervais
#English Writer

We picked on something people identified with -- a decent job at work, a relationship, a boss who needs to be loved and who is going through a mid-life crisis,
Ricky Gervais
#Boss

The grass isn't always greener on the other side!
Ricky Gervais
#English Writer #Grass

We have seen some of the scripts and it is quite faithful (to the original),
Ricky Gervais
#Faithfulness

I'm from a little place called England ... We used to run the world before you.
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#England

Why by a book when you can join a library.
Ricky Gervais
#English Writer #Books And Reading

But it's the press perception of him we played with, ... Les isn't a sad, lonely man. Through no fault of his own, he became a whipping boy.
Ricky Gervais
#Lonely

As long as they keep the important themes -- a job, work, a boss going through a mid-life crisis, trying to make a difference, being stuck somewhere you do not necessarily want to be.
Ricky Gervais
#Boss

Because it was couched in realism, I think people recognized things. The more you understand something, I think the more you can enjoy it.
Ricky Gervais
#People

People see me in the suit and they know I'm not fooling anyone, they know I'm rock and roll through and through.
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#People

Pol Pot - he rounded up anybody he thought was intellectual and had them executed. And how he told someone was intellectual or not was whether they wore glasses. If they're that clever, take them off when they see him coming!
Ricky Gervais
#English Writer

I suppose I grew up wishing I was an American Jew for the comedy and the one-liners. ... actress who does a Holocaust movie because, as she explains, it's a surefire way to finally win an Oscar.
Ricky Gervais
#Comedy

It's an honor to be on the same network that gave us 'The Sopranos,' ... They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
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#Honor

He's self-aware, he's a lot more confident,
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#Self

We had a hit list of people we approached, ... We told them some of the ideas we had. Because we spent such a long time writing the scripts for each episode, it would be mad to spend three months on a script for Sam Jackson, send it to him, and he goes, 'Why would I do that?' So we got a preliminary yes out of them, and then went way, wrote the ideas, spoke to them on the phone, sent them the script, and they all said yes.
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#Ideas

We make television for a British audience and it's still amazing to me that most countries in the world have my fat face beamed into homes once a week.
Ricky Gervais
#Television

I don't know. I suppose I grew up wishing I was an American Jew for the comedy and the one-liners. 'The Sunshine Boys' is one of my favorite films And maybe a bit of liberation, knowing that if I said it in American people would know what I meant. So I was trying on my language skills.
Ricky Gervais
#Comedy

That's exactly what it did on BBC2. The people that get onto focus groups are force-fed big, broad comedies with laughter tracks and guest appearances. They're not going to like 'The Office' the first time they see it because they're not going to know what they're watching exactly. But if you stick to your vision and auteur it the way you think it should be done, there are enough people in the world that are like-minded and they're going to find it and it's going to be their favorite show.
Ricky Gervais
#Focus

So what if people think 'The Office' is better than 'Extras'? I had to do them in some order.
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#Office

It was like an audience with the Pope,
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#Audience

a friend first, and a boss second, entertainer third.
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#Boss

I've always been fascinated with actors who have to be heroes, whereas I shy away from that,
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#Hero

I'm a flawed character. I'm good at that. ... I'm your man. If you want John Wayne, forget it.
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#Character

If you had to do just one thing (as a boss) and nothing else -- it is just be fair. I think if you are fair, (staff) cannot fault you on it,
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#Boss

You can get away with bad material if you've got charisma.
Ricky Gervais
#Charisma

Where there's a will - there's a relative!
Ricky Gervais
#English Writer