Ricky Gervais has joked that he tries to sneak his “failed pop star” status into acting roles.
The 52-year-old star demonstrates humorous singing and dance moves in upcoming comedy movie Muppets Most Wanted.
Even though he enjoyed the experience, Ricky found trying to dance when he knows he’s not an expert at it embarrassing.
“I’m a failed pop star. I always try to sneak it in, whether it’s The Simpsons, with Elmo or David Bowie. But dancing, wow that’s awkward. I embrace the white man overbite – that’s what I’d do anyway,” he laughed to British magazine ShortList.
“The joke was that I didn’t like dancing in [Muppets Most Wanted], but got made to dance, which played into the awkwardness that would’ve been there if it was taken seriously, but I’m not really dancing, am I? I’m running down the stairs doing arm movements.”
Ricky has always been a fan of the children’s franchise and found it a treat to work with the colorful characters. He even forgot real people were behind the puppets’ movements during filming.
“I’m a big kid. I love the magic, the disbelief. I don’t see the humans around them, I see talking animals,” he grinned.
“No [I didn't see the puppeteers]. I had to remember to say hello to them. I’d say hello to The Muppets. I had to remember there was a human being I had to look in the eye, eventually.”
Before his role in the movie, Ricky appeared in hit TV show Sesame Street, which also features the Muppets cast. Despite some people commenting on him not suiting these types of roles, the British actor insists people shouldn’t judge him by his previous work.
“Some people see me as some sort of shock jock – snarky, cynical, sticking it to the man – which is not how I see myself. I did a lot of that at the Golden Globes and The Office was quite cynical, but it was also uplifting and romantic,” he explained.
“If you look at movies; Ghost Town is a sweet romantic fantasy, I’m about to do my third Night At The Museum, which is a family movie, and I’ve done The Muppets, which is the biggest children’s franchise.”
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