Ricky Gervais's Big Idea: Selling Out For Major Money For Animal Sanctuary
Now that he's done hosting the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais has a big decision to make: should he sell out?
Having long demanded on the artistic freedom to do his shows, his way -- even when he was just starting "The Office" -- he now is at the height of his fame. That means lucrative offers for things that don't exactly fit with his artistic vision, and now, he's thinking about taking advantage -- for a good cause.
Writing on his blog, Gervais said he had a dream about the movie "The Man Who Fell To Earth," about an alien who has to buy fresh supplies from earth for his own dying planet. It gave him an idea.
"Maybe I should start doing all those things I'vee turned down for years; commercials, corporates, merchandising, etc., and use the money to build an animal sanctuary," the comedian and longtime PETA activist wrote.
"I can still do all the things I love with integrity, but also amass a secondary fortune from things I couldn't give a fuck about and then live in my own forest with wolves and bears," he continued. "Even if me doing loads of adverts and flooding the market with tat ruins my career it won't matter. I'll be in the forest with wolves and bears. Wolves and bears! It might be genius. £50 million should be enough."
He's asking his fans to weigh in; as he continues to promote his own shows, like "Life's Too Short" and "An Idiot Abroad," should he also start doing things with less integrity? And if he chooses to do so, should a future Golden Globes host make fun of him for it?