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TFT Meets... Ricky Gervais

Star of The 11 O'Clock Show, Meet Ricky Gervais and The Office, D.J on XFM, celebrity boxer and now a Golden Globe nominee - Ricky Gervais is a busy man.

Imagine how grateful we were, then, when he agreed to provide answers to the following questions...

19 December 2003

> The Cheeky Girls - which one is your favourite and why?

The scary, goofy, thin one, for all those reasons.

> Have you ever nearly died?

I choked on some dust once and couldn't breathe.

> Have you ever declared love for someone, only to be hideously rebuffed?


> Can you give us an example of something from The Office which is drawn from personal experience?

Lots. I built a wall of files like in episode one series one. I glued a friend's phone and called him just like in episode three, series two.

> Can you sum up David Brent's sexual psyche in four words?

In four words, no.

> What tends to happen in your dreams?

I drive a big pink train around. Only joking. I don't think I've got any recurring themes.

> Do you think Status Quo have ever topped their 'Matchstick Men' song?


> If you were to go mental in a supermarket, what would be your weapon of choice, and why?

That angry donkey from Arabian Knights because strictly speaking it wouldn't be my fault.

> Have you ever been to Minsk? If not, what do you think it might be like?

No. Probably a bit like Moscow.

> Fighting Grant Bovey: did you discover something about yourself in the course of the fight?

Yes. I'm not a real boxer.

> Who would you like to fight next?

That stupid supermarket manager who let a mad man with a donkey into a crowded shop.

> What is the colour scheme of your bedroom?

Bluey/green .

> Are you happy?

Bit of a cold but otherwise yes.

> What would you do if you suddenly found yourself reincarnated as a woodlouse in a drainpipe in central Leeds?

Move away from the light.

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