Last night at the Producers Guild Awards, director Judd Apatow took the mic and said what he thinks about the British comedian’s jokes. Here are some of his best lines:
“He had that joke about the guy on Lost. He said he ate everybody else. Let’s be honest — Ricky Gervais just lost weight. Even now he’s four pounds away from not being allowed to do a joke like that. Did he lose weight just to make fat jokes? You think that’s how mean he is?”
On Gervais’ joke about Charlie Sheen: “Leno did it a week before. I think he’s an OK target. The people at CBS have said as long as he shows up on time, knows his lines, he can do whatever he wants.”
On Gervais’ joke about The Tourist: “(Gervais) says the characters were two-dimensional. Then he says he hasn’t seen The Tourist. So as a comedian, that’s not fair, is it? To make jokes about a movie you haven’t seen. I can’t do a joke about (Gervais’s movie) The Invention of Lying because I haven’t seen it. You haven’t seen it. None of us have seen it. So the joke would not work.”
“Tim Allen did 200 episodes of Home Improvement. He was in three of the highest grossing movies of all time. And his latest just crossed the one billion mark. Whereas The Invention Of Lying made $18 million dollars worldwide…Leave Tim Allen alone.”
So, a lot of people are still pretty upset about the things Ricky said, I guess.
Thing is, I’m not sure that it matters if Hollywood’s mad at him. The dude’s not famous over here the way he is in the UK, so I don’t think he’s ever really relied on our audiences and our film industry to keep him afloat.
He was hired to host the Globes with the producers knowing exactly what kind of comedian he was and frankly, vilifying people never goes as far as the haters hope it would. In fact, when it comes to comedians, authors and tabloid princesses, it usually only helps.
Do you think Judd was right for calling Ricky out or do you think that he should have taken the high road?