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"Just Look Busy!": On Life as a Background Actor

Zachary Stockill | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Zachary Stockill

You will see them mouthing fake conversations, pulling fake files, scribbling imaginary diagnoses, and generally trying to move about like people in a hospital do. They are, however, not in a hospital.

The Ricky Gervais Show and the Comedy of Self-Importance

Mark Lashley | Posted 06.30.2012 | TV
Mark Lashley

Gervais asserts that he plays a character on stage, ironically presenting himself as better or more knowledgeable than the people in the seats. But it's a bit harder to laugh along with the school bully than it is with the class clown.

Movie Review: The Invention of Lying

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gervais and his co-writer/director create one premise, then seem to shift to something else - and then to something else again. But the conceptual problems are less troubling than the essential shortage of laughs.

Winslet, 'Waltz,' and How Hollywood Likes Its Jews

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bradley Burston

Waltz with Bashir was not made for Hollywood, it was made for human beings. It was made for the people who went through the horror it shows.