Ricky Gervais wants superpower to ‘break people’s legs’ when they annoy him
Ricky Gervais says he wishes he had a secret superpower to break the legs of people he doesn't like using his mind.
The Office and Afterlife star, 59, said: "If I had the power, if I could give people a headache or break their leg by just thinking it if they annoyed me, there'd be lots of people walking around with broken legs, definitely.
"I'd just do it for a laugh sometimes."
Ricky spoke to his mate Sam Harris on their Absolutely Mental podcast about how his life changed after he became a household name.
He said: "I suppose I came out of nowhere with a big hit show and you go from nowhere to everywhere and people want to know where you came from and all that.
"I remember in early interviews I tried to be boring, because I didn't want it.
"I didn't want people talking about me, I wanted them talking about the work. That's all I wanted.
"Because it felt creepy. You know, the first time somebody recognises you in a shop buying underwear is creepy.
"The first time people tell a lie about you, when you hear someone say, ‘Oh, I heard he kicked squirrels' – you want to punch their face in.
"And now you think, ‘Who give a f***?'"
Ricky, now a huge success in Hollywood, said he wasn't sure he was ready to handle fame.
He explained: "You're judged – most people aren't judged, people aren't meant to be famous.
"First of all, I feared being famous. When I was writing The Office I thought, ‘If this is a hit, I'm going to be a famous actor.'
"And I sort of feared fame for many reasons like the intrusion. I thought reputation was everything.
"I'm a good person, I've always been a good person, what if they say a horrible thing about me? It's not fair.
"And now I've gone through it, I realised that reputation is important but character is more important.
"Because reputation is what strangers think of you and character is who you really are.
"Also, I feared it because I didn't want to be lumped in with those other celebrities that I saw that would do anything to be famous. People who live their lives like an open wound.
"I didn't want people to think that I was doing it for the adoration of strangers."
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