The reviews for Ricky Gervais’s David Brent movie ‘Life On The Road’ have been, well, a bit of a mixed bag.
But such things – along with the internet trolling he gets direct from Twitter – roll off Gervais’s back.
Particularly when he’s in his new swimming pool.
“No teenager living in his parents’ basement can affect the life of a person floating on a lilo in his own pool,” he told the New Zealand Herald.
“If someone way back had said to me: ‘Okay. Ricky, you’re nearly 40. You have an average job. Soon you’re going to be incredibly famous, and have money beyond what you could ever imagine, and be friends with Bowie, but every so often some blogger is going to say something mean about you. Do you want it or not?’… Yes!”
“I used to think a bad review meant there’d be everyone agreeing with it with burning pitchforks.
“Now it doesn’t hurt me. I’ve gone through it and come out the other end thinking, who cares? I don’t care now whether people like my face, or my films, or my laugh.
“I used to worry about a bad paparazzi photo. Now I take pictures in the bath looking as ugly as I can!”
He went on: “I think if you’re doing anything interesting you must polarise. And people who like you, they like people not liking you ’cause it makes them feel smart. And the people who don’t like you hate people liking you. People who don’t like you don’t want anyone to like you.”
The movie, which was released last weekend in the UK, and stars Gervais alongside Doc Brown and Jo Hartley, has arrived to mixed reviews.
It currently holds a 68% ‘fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, some hailing the return of the Wernham Hogg paper merchant, and others arguing that the formula has become tired.
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