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The British comedian, 59, opened January’s Golden Globe Awards with a scathing attack on the “richest, most privileged people in the world”. His controversial rant split the public after it took aim at celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, James Corden and Dame Judi Dench. Recently, Gervais addressed the unimpressed response from some celebrities and took a swipe at Forrest Gump actor Tom Hanks for taking it too seriously.
Gervais felt that reactions during the star-studded US event, which marked its 77th show, was the “best ever”.
In one clip, Brad Pitt looked uncomfortable after the comedian remarked how “dolled up” everyone looked, which some interpreted as him preparing a joke at his expense.
Star Wars actor Adam Driver, Marvel’s Captain America star Chris Evans, Gwyneth Paltrow and others burst into hysterical laughter at other celebrity swipes.
The most surprising reaction came from Hanks, who shook his head in disbelief after a joke about actress Felicity Hoffman’s involvement in the US college admissions scandal.
The Desperate Housewives star served 11 days in prison after she admitted her part in a plot to doctor her daughter’s exam results.
Later, when Hanks took the stage he vented: “We remember when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian – neither of which he is now.”
The comedian addressed the response in the podcast Stuff of Legends with Chris O’Connell, which aired last month.
Gervais said: “The big meme was Tom Hanks going, ‘Why is he saying that?’ and people were going, ‘Oh, you know, look he’s on his high horse!’”
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The British star explained that when DiCaprio laughed at his joke about dating young women, the “people loved him for it”.
Gervais made a quip about the star’s film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which was about the Manson Family’s killing of the actress Sharon Tate and ran for nearly three hours.
He said: “Leo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end, his date was too old for him.”
Podcast host Mr O’Connell said the DiCaprio joke was one of his favourite parts because the star “laughed so hard” and “Robert De Niro pointed at him” with a smirk.
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Gervais felt that the celebrities who laughed at jokes made about them were rewarded with “a round of applause” because the public do not “want people to be above it”.
He continued: “We even let people be privileged as long as they say like ‘I know I’m privileged but I’m nothing really’.
“We don’t like people to go, ‘I deserve it, how dare you? How dare you talk to me like that?’
“If we sense that, if we really think these people believe their own hype we want to bring them down a peg or two and I think that’s totally natural.
“Actors get paid hundreds of thousands of times the wages of a nurse, that’s just luck.
“That’s crazy really, why do we pay someone who pretends to save lives more than someone who actually saves lives?”
Gervais lambasted celebrities for “virtue signalling” during the awards ceremony and claimed the public didn’t want to be told what to do by the rich and famous.
He continued: “I only go after their behaviours, their public behaviours and I still say it’s a gentle roast – I could say a lot worse things about them!”
The Stuff Of Legends Podcast With Chris O’Connell first aired on November 1 and is available here.
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