British comedian Ricky Gervais said no to JJ Abrams. The actor, who didn’t become a star until he was 40 with his 2001 BBC comedy hit The Office, stars in Paramount DreamWork’s Ghost Town which opened this weekend, but apparently he has also been turning down a lot of work as well, including a spot in Abrams’ new Star Trek movie.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly Gervais says that he has been very picky about the projects presented to him, noting “I”m not trying to be a film star. I don’t care if I never do another film again. I can create my own material and I’ve got to remember that. As exciting as it is to be a film star, it means nothing to me.” And apparently he really means it as the article details an number of big movies he has turned down. From the EW article
FIVE SPLASHY PROJECTS THAT RICKY GERVAIS SAYS HE TURNED DOWN
Pirates of the Caribbean 2
Gervais passed on the chance to share the screen with Johnny Depp, saying, ”I didn’t want to sit in a Winnebago for six months waiting to show up as a comedy pirate for two minutes.”
The Da Vinci Code
Ditto to costarring with Tom Hanks in this 2006 Ron Howard thriller. ”I’m going to pop up and people are going to go: That’s the fat fellow from The Office! Who the f— does he think he is?”
Abrams approached the comedian about his franchise reboot, due next summer: ”I was never a big fan, so I would’ve felt guilty taking the part just to be in a blockbuster. To what? Boost my profile?”
”I said ‘no’ straight-away,” Gervais says about an offer to star in a new version. ”Why would I mess with a perfect comedy? They know people don’t watch films that have the wrong font — it’s got an ’80s font.”
Magnum P.I. movie
Gervais wouldn’t say which role was offered, but we’ll bet it rhymes with ”Figgins.” ”I don’t want to be the funny butler…because [roles like that] do no good. I just keep walking away.”
So the question is, what role did Gervais turn down? Among the main cast there is only one possibility and that would be Scotty. It has already been stated that Simon Pegg (who is also a comedian) is carrying much of the comic relief of the film with his Scotty, so there would be a fit. But it could also be another smaller cameo role in the film.
Here is a trailer for Ghost Town
Gervais may not have wanted to get into Star Trek, but he did bring a little Star Trek into his show Extra when he had Patrick Stewart (playing himself) on the show. (I know we have shown this before, but hey…it is hilarious)