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Gervais looking to give up acting for directing

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 4th 2009 12:29PM
Ricky Gervais might be moving on from acting.The Office and Extras star Ricky Gervais might be looking to give up acting to focus more on writing and directing.

As talented and naturally funny as Gervais is, it could be said that he never really took up acting in the first place. While relaxed on camera, he's essentially played himself (or enhanced aspects of himself) in most TV shows or movies he's appeared in so far -- including his starring role in Ghost Town last year.

According to The Daily Star, Gervais is so in love with directing that he'd rather invest his time there, rather than take on more lead or supporting roles (as in the Night at the Museum series).

The comic hasn't said whether he'll look to move from his stand-up shows along with acting. His lecture-based act is also Gervais more or less being himself, sharing insights on various topics -- usually from a podium. It's funny, but not necessarily bit-based comedy.

Gervais' most recent directorial project was Cemetery Junction, a partnership with long-time collaborator Steven Merchant. Both men play minor parts in the film, and it's hard to believe that Gervais would give up on appearing in front of the camera altogether. He just might not take on the lead in a Hollywood movie again.

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