Friday, April 19, 2024

Globes: Ricky Gervais Was Not Holding Back, He Says


Same time, next year: the last two years I’ve met Ricky Gervais in the same spot right after he finished hosting the Golden Globes. Last year he was sweating and nervous, and looked like a man on the lam from the authorities. This year he was glowing, happy with his performance. It included lovely swipes at the Hollywood Foreign Press, all the movie stars, and a funny one about Justin Bieber and a turkey baster. Some people thought he restrained himself, in fact. But at the adjoining table, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, dining with Clive Owen, said Ricky was great. “Australians know how to take the piss all the time,” Nicole said.

And Ricky? “I think the audience was ready for it. They were less shocked. Also, nothing was gratuitous. They were all things that made sense. You couldn’t disagree with them.”

Instead of dreading the outcome, Ricky– who was not quite sober by the time he reached HBO but still quite coherent and hilarious as always–was accepting all kinds of kudos. Among the heavyweights who crowded around at the HBO party– a great one in the annals by the way–Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Lea Thompson, Michael Fassbender, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce, Jeff Garlin, producer Jerry Weintraub, Elizabeth McGovern (celebrating her “Downton Abbey” win) with director  “My Week with Marilyn” Simon Curtis–also  her husband.

PS Fassbender told me didn’t mind George Clooney‘s jokes about his nude scenes in “Shame”  during the show, by the way. “If they’re from George Clooney, they’re ok,” he said.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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