You’re a brave man Mr. Gervais. Thanks for being true to your beliefs, being vocal about them in the spotlight, and for making us all laugh along with you, even through tears, some of joy, some of frustration at the status quo. Thank you sir.
Why are you vegetarian? (I am too!)
I love vegetables.
What’s your advice to young writers? We’d love to hear it.
Be original, write about what you know and there’s no rush. Oh, and re-write, re-write, re-write.
Can I have that painting behind you?
That’s the first thing I ever painted so I need to keep it. Sorry
What’s the velocity of an orange falling from a 20 story building? Well, you did say anything!
At what point during it’s descent?
What kind of music do you listen to?
I love stuff like Neil Young, David Bowie, Radiohead and my latest obsession is Sun Kil Moon
Are u overwhelmed by this turn out?!
It’s a fucking nightmare. I mean, thank you all so much. I love you all.
Do you actually prefer flans?
I love a flan.
When will you be on Opie and Anthony next?
Not till June I’m afraid. I love doing that show.
Watching Derek pulled out a variety of emotion, how to you prepare to play the role as Derek? It must be so challenging at times
Actually it’s surprisingly easy because I love being him. I sort of wish I was him. Although I get a lot of static electric shocks as him from all the shuffling.
How do you keep yourself grounded with all of your success?
The only success that really matters is happiness.
What/who is you favourite character/comedian in comedy?
Laurel and Hardy, Marx Brothers, Christopher Guest, Larry David.
will you be doing any more episodes of the office
Not as such, but we will be finding out what David Brent is up to these days, quite soon.
When you were first starting, how did you pick yourself back up (figuratively speaking) and keep going after a failure?
If you’re doing what you love every day then you can’t fail.
What is your most liked David Bowie song/album?
Probably Diamond Dogs but it keeps changing. Just like him.
Does Derek believe in God?
He doesn’t care whether there is a god or not. He just knows that being good is the right way to act.
Would you do a role in a biopic film?
It depends. I’ve been offered a few including Winston Churchill, Paul Potts, and Jockey fucking Wilson. Basically, fat blokes. I politely declined.
In your own opinion, what has been the highligh (so far) of your comedy career?
I guess it would have to be getting to work with my heroes like Christopher Guest, Larry David and Homer Simpson
What would your advice be to an aspiring English teacher in the U.S.?
Always leave out the U in colour, honour and favourite
Hi Ricky – Do you think we will ever be able to put an end to poaching and any animal cruelty? I love that you are so involved – Thank you
It may be a never ending battle, but it’s a battle that needs to be fought.
Derek is probably one of the most moving programs I’ve ever seen. Were there any parts that were particularly emotional to make?
Ep 5 of series 2 has probably the most emotional scene I have ever had to act. I don’t want to give anything away though.
When will you play the villain? I bet you’d be brilliant at it.
I do, every day on Twitter. And you’re right, I am brilliant at it
Why did my papa leave?
Because you were a disappointment.
Shoutouts from Canada. I LOVE Derek. What made you get the idea for the show, inspired Derek? Looking forward to season2!
Nearly all the women in my family are carers, so I had a lifetime of anecdotes, some funny, some sad.
As a fellow animal lover what do you think the punishment should be to anyone who commits any form of cruelty to animals ?
Well, I’d like to batter them around the head with a spanner but I don’t think I could get that passed as a law.
Love your work Ricky looking forward to DEREK 2 have you thought about the possibility of 3 season yet..
It’s the first time I’ve ever considered a third series of anything, but I’ll start writing it first and see if it’s best as a series, a mini-series or a special. The story dictates everything.