Ricky Gervais' newest series 'After Life' takes his signature dark comedy and packs an emotional punch, as he plays a suicidal widower who does and says whatever he wants after the death of his wife
Ricky Gervais reckons he would take the top spot on NME‘s Cool List if it still ran today. “‘They’d say obviously he’s number one but he’s cheating, because he’s god-like and now he’s number one on the mortals list,” he says.
He quickly relegates himself to a modest 37th before finally deciding on one billionth. “You’re so modest” his co-star Kelly Godliman comments, who Gervais said he knew he wanted to play his dead wife in After Life. “He said do you wanna play my dead wife? And I didn’t know if that meant like a corpse,” Godliman recalls.
Gervais jumps in, “Or a ghost”.
Much like the expected reaction to spotting Gervais as number one NME’s Cool List, the comedian and actor thinks fans of The Office and Extras will be surprised by his new show.
“It’s the furthest I’ve gone, the most dramatic, the darkest, the most uncompromising,” he tells NME. “It’s the comedy cast of the century even if you don’t like every single person in it. It’s amazing.”
Some people will love it, some people will hate it, most people won’t know it exists, so I’m all for that.”
After Life offers a glimpse into the comedian’s slightly softer side, but still in keeping with his signature shock-factor material.
You can watch NME’s full interview with Ricky Gervais and Kelly Godliman below.
After Life is available now on Netflix.