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Ricky Gervais: Did I really say that?

On his pet hates "I hate lateness. I hate people who are late. I've never been late for anything in my life. I was actually born a week premature, because I wanted to be early for my own birth. Being late is an insult to me." (2002)

On criticism "If it's an intelligent piece, it never bothers me. But you've got to be liked and disliked. If everyone sort of likes you, how boring is that? It means you're not doing anything, that you're not making a blip on the radar. I know there are as many people who hate The Office, passionately, as love it passionately, and I wouldn't have it any other way." (2003)

On turning down Ocean's Twelve "Why say a couple of lines opposite Brad Pitt when I could be playing lead back home?" (2005)

On himself "My mum said once, 'You were an accident'. I went, 'Cheers!' A lot of honesty in my family." (2005)

On his family "Much like The Waltons. If the Waltons took the p**s out of each other. You had to be able to answer back." (2005)

On living a celebrity lifestyle "It's all too much trouble for me. It's probably because I'm fat and lazy and old." (2006)

On Mel Gibson "I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson." (2010)

On Actors "Actors aren't just loved here in Hollywood, they're loved the world over, because they're recognisable. You can be in the Third World, and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star, and it makes you feel better. You can be a little child, a little Asian child, with no possessions, no money -- but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you think 'Mummy'." (2010)


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