Ricky Gervais blasts '15 minutes of fame' stars
Ricky Gervais has blasted “delusional” celebrities who sell their “souls and bodies” in order to stay famous.
The British actor and comedian has become a Hollywood hit since starting out on the small screen in the U.K. version of The Office, with presenting the Golden Globes multiple times and starring roles in movies like the Night at the Museum franchise on his burgeoning resume.
However Ricky, 55, feels the world of show business is a whole new territory now thanks to reality and talent shows, with many making a name for themselves for bizarre reasons.
Explaining how The Office spoofed such reality TV shows, Ricky told NME: “Fame is different now – people live their life like an open wound to get another 15 minutes every day. Nothing is enough. People sell their f**king souls, and they sell their bodies, just to stay famous. They become famous for nothing, or for terrible things.”
The star can’t get his head around how this new breed of celebrity make their break-ups, breakdowns and health problems so public, in an attempt to change people's opinion of them. In Ricky's eyes this is the "worst kind" of therapy, and he insists everyone ends up “laughing at their delusions” rather than rooting for them.
Even now after nearly two decades in the industry Ricky admits he still worries people think he chased stardom for the sake of it.
Ricky’s outspoken nature is best seen on social media, with over 11 million followers tuning into his Twitter posts.
“Everyone’s f**king shaming these days,” he bemoaned. “The first time I was on Twitter, I’d tweet something and if one person didn’t get something, I’d explain it. But now I go: ‘There’s the tweet, f**king live with it.’”
From 19 August (16) fans can see Ricky once again become his The Office alter ego, but this time on the silver screen in David Brent: Life on the Road.
- Cover Media