Gervais stars in the upcoming Netflix series “Derek,” and explains his title role as being very different from the parts he has played in the past.
“They had ego and they had jealousy problems, and we were laughing at the gap between how they saw themselves and how we saw them,” he said of his former characters on “The Office” and “Extras.” “With Derek, there’s no gap. … I’ve never connected emotionally with a character before like I do with Derek.”
Gervais is known as being a bit of a control freak in the industry because of his refusal to work with studios and large networks. The comedian explains that he simply needs creative control over his projects.
“It’s not because I think what I do is perfect,” he said. “It’s because if I didn’t do it that way, I wouldn’t be doing it at all. Someone else would. It’s like getting a model kit, then getting someone else to build it for you. What’s the point? I want to make it.”
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