Night At The Museum 2 - Ricky Gervais interview
Interview by Michael Edwards
RICKY Gervais talks about reprising his role in Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, what best mate Karl Pilkington might make of the movie’s concept and whether he gets back to Reading from time to time…
Q: Did you ask Karl Pilkington his insights into the possibility of a museum coming to life overnight, because the surreal premise would rather suit him?
Ricky Gervais: Oh no, he’d say: “Bit weird isn’t it?” That’d be it. We did an audio book recently about the English for St George’s Day. Karl was annoyed that St George is a saint because he said that if St George killed a dragon today he’d have PETA on at him, and everyone would be going: “Why did you kill that one?” And I said: “Well, the dragon was metaphorical…” He replied: “What?” So, I said it wasn’t a real dragon. And he said: “What? You don’t believe in dragons? But you believe in dinosaurs?” And I said: “Well yeah, because of fossil evidence.” So, it wouldn’t phase him, it wouldn’t phase him at all.
Q: Do you go back to Reading much and do you ever discuss old haunts with the Reading contingent in Hollywood, such as Kate Winslet?
Ricky Gervais: Winslet, no, I think she was born on the other side of the tracks. I go back to Reading for funerals – more and more recently, in fact. I go back twice a year to see folks dotted around Thatcham and Wokingham, but only for family really.
Q: Where did you used to go out there?
Ricky Gervais: I didn’t after dark obviously. It was like I Am Legend. We’re actually in the middle of pre-production for a film set in Reading. Obviously, we’re not going to film it in Reading – too dangerous. We’re filming it in Hampstead. It’s true. I had good times growing up, I enjoyed Reading, I thought it was great and I got out when I was 18. I’ve got fond memories of Reading.
Q: If you had to take home anything from any museum in the world and think, this is really cool, what would it be?
Ricky Gervais: Well, we stole all those mummies from Egypt, so I’d probably see if I could up that collection. I’d go and steal other things from other countries. Difficult one isn’t it. I’m into evolution, so I’d probably want Lucy, the first hominid.
Q: What do you think of waxworks and being immortalised as a waxwork? Do you think that’d be quite creepy or would you be quite happy to have one?
Ricky Gervais: Er. Yeah, I’ve been asked a couple of times to do things like that… one was chocolate and I just couldn’t be bothered to sit there for three hours. If they can do it from a photo then they’re welcome.
Q. Wait, they wanted to do one of chocolate? Like a full-size chocolate sculpture?
Ricky Gervais: Yeah, chocolate wax. You could go round licking me. Again. That’s the point really, that’s the point of waxworks. Oh, look it looks like so and so. Yeah it does, yeah.
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