Ricky Gervais on talking to Muppets

Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has told This Morning that he spent his time on the set of the Muppets chatting to Constantine - Kermit the Frog's evil doppelgänger.

Ricky Gervais on talking to Muppets
Ricky Gervais on screen with the Muppets. (© ITV)

"I'd just have chats with him," he said.

"I remember once, we'd just broken for lunch and I came back and he's there, ready, and I go: 'What did you have for lunch?'

"And he goes: 'Chicken.' And I went: 'Do you eat chicken?' He goes: 'Yes.' I went: 'Really?'

"And I looked over and there are all these extras just sort of looking at us out of the corner of their eye, thinking: 'He's talking to a frog!'"

Going on to talk about his infamous creation David Brent, Ricky told Eamonn and Ruth he is bringing him to the big screen in the next couple of years.

"Now he's a 50-year-old rep and he puts a band together and he's paying through the nose for session musicians - he's losing money, but he thinks he might get signed if he goes on tour, so the film's about that," Ricky said.

"I'm writing it now, I'll film it next year, it'll be out the next year - it'll be two years from now. People are going: 'When is it? [checks watch] Is it on? No! I have to write it!"

On a serious note, Ricky also paid tribute to the late Robin Williams, having worked with him on the film Night At The Museum.

"He's one of the loveliest men I've ever met. Even when he wasn't well, he just tried his best to make you laugh," he said.

"I did a benefit gig with him and there were loads of new comedians that we hadn't heard of and he spent the whole night by the side of the stage watching them.

"You could hear him laughing louder than anyone and you'd come off and he'd say: 'I loved that bit ...' And they were just blown away. He's a legend."

Next up for Ricky will be the Emmys later this month, having been nominated in the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy category for his role in Derek.

"I try and keep that quiet. Oh, it's out ..." he laughed.

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