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“I sent him an email saying I think you’re doing the right thing,” Gervais — who serves as an executive producer on the NBC hit after originating the ditzy boss role in the U.K. version — said on Piers Morgan Tonight Thursday. Read Tim Goodman’s review on The Bastard Machine blog.
“As a producer, I was expected to try and stop him because he’s a big part of it,” continued Gervais. “[But] you know, it can survive. Whether it should or not, I don’t know. I’m just an adviser and he’s done an amazing job. He’s done his time. It sounds like a prison sentence, doesn’t it?”
The show is “bigger than I ever thought it would be,” Gervais added. “It’s more successful…. He’s bigger than I bet he ever thought he would be, and he’s done an amazing job.” PHOTOS: What the stars wore to the Golden Globes.
Gervais also admitted that he’ll make a cameo this season. “It was supposed to be a secret,” he said. “It’s just a little pop-up. I just bump into Steve Carell.” VIDEO: Golden Globes’ most memorable moments.
Gervais joked that he “nearly forgot how to do David Brent,” the U.K. version of Michael Scott. But then he remembered: “You just act like an idiot. It’s easy. It’s so much fun. I’ve never had as much fun playing a character as David Brent. Everything he does is so desperate. He’s just so desperate to be loved.”
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