The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to grim headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Ricky Gervais. Co-creator and star of the original British version of The Office that spawned the long running NBC series, Gervais has won seven BAFTA Awards, two Emmys and a Golden Globe during his long career. He is in Emmy contention again for his latest, After Life, a touching and funny Netflix comedy series in which he plays Tony Johnson, a freshly widowed man who has abandoned all pretenses of being a nice guy after his beloved wife dies of cancer. Gervais created the show, writes, directs, stars and is executive producer. He is also known for his turns as the caustic 5-time host of the Golden Globes, letting air out of the balloon of the pomposity of celebrity culture that too often enshrouds stars accustomed to showing up to awards shows to have their collective bums lathered.
None of that edge is on display here, as Gervais discusses how great work and influences by others helped him gain the confidence that has made him who he is today.
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