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Ricky Gervais on his nice-guy role in 'Special Correspondents'

By Karen Butler   |   May 1, 2016 at 3:04 PM
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NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Actor and filmmaker Ricky Gervais says it would have been "mental" if he cast himself as Frank, the handsome, cool and self-absorbed, broadcast journalist in his Netflix movie Special Correspondents.

The role of Frank eventually went to Eric Bana, while Gervais portrays Frank's sweet, but bumbling technician Ian. When the men lose their plane tickets and passports on their way to cover a war in Ecuador, they start filing fake news reports from a room over a restaurant in New York City to avoid getting fired by their boss Mallard, played by Kevin Pollak.

Vera Farmiga plays Ian's estranged wife Eleanor, who becomes an unlikely celebrity by raising money and appearing on talk shows in an effort to bring the reporters home after they are believed to be kidnapped.

Asked at a recent Tribeca Film Festival panel discussion after a screening of the movie if he always saw himself as Ian and never considered himself for the role of Frank, Gervais replied, "That's ridiculous. ...

"Imagine it the other way around; it's mental. It would be like Kevin as the Hulk."

However, Gervais admitted Farmiga also initially thought Gervais and Bana's roles should be reversed.

"It's just the last time I saw him he was being nice in a film and the last time I saw you, you were doing the Golden Globes," Gervais quoted Farmiga as telling him.

Gervais is famous for his sharp, verbal attacks on celebrities at the high-profile Golden Globe Awards ceremonies. He has hosted the gala four times.

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Patton Oswalt shares daughter's heartbreaking words after mom's death

By Karen Butler   |   May 1, 2016 at 12:55 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, who is grieving since the unexpected death of his wife last month, shared a quote from his heartbroken 7-year-old daughter Sunday.

"'When your mom dies you're the best memory of her. Everything you do is a memory of her.' -- Alice Oswalt, 7," he tweeted.

Just days earlier, the elder Oswalt addressed the death of his writer wife Michelle McNamara.

"She wrote lines that stung & hummed. 13 years in her presence was happily humbling. #RIPMichelleMcNamara," read his Friday Twitter post.

McNamara died in her sleep at the age of 46. The cause of her death has not been publicly disclosed.

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