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Ricky Gervais Is Doing THE MUPPETS 2!!

The Kidd here...

When the news first came down that Ricky Gervais was moving towards joining the cast of THE MUPPETS 2 as one of the human leads, I was a little surprised, as Gervais hardly seemed like one of my first choices to interact with Kermit and Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang for their sequel. However, once I remembered just how well he worked on his appearance of SESAME STREET a couple of years back, it started to look like a much better fit. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gervais is in talks to fill a role that at least in stature would be similar to what Jason Segel brought to the table for the THE MUPPETS relaunch. Outside of details as Ty Burrell as an Interpol inspector, info has been tough to come by for THE MUPPETS 2, so the nature of Gervais' character is still yet to be determined. But whatever it is, I'm digging his involvement at this point. 

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I love this casting!

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Working with Karl Pilkington he is probably used to muppets

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    First etc.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm, nope.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I’ve seen me first for about a month now

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Very poor / lazy casting

    by Octotron

    Saved me having to watch it I guess.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else wish that Gervais had...

    by Tom McMahon

    ...disappeared and become a recluse never to be seen again after The Office finished? Horrible man.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Muppets in Europe sounds like a nice fresh take.

    by BirdieNumNum

    Maybe the next one will be in New York.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Love it.

    by Grando

    Gervais is the best thing on Twitter.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    If he's in; I'm out...

    by bubcus

    I'm not a fan of his and I don't find him funny. Maybe I just have a hard time forgiving him for writing 'The Invention of Lying' and its message to the world that everyone who believes in and teaches of a heaven is a liar.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Invention of Lying is rubbish because it's not funny

    by DexterMorgan

    Should have been a 5 minute long sketch, because the first five minutes were pretty good. How do you take a cast that amazing and squat out such a steaming pile?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:30 a.m. CST

    His performance in the Office was superb

    by heyoucantlaughatthat

    But since then he's just become so obnoxious. I hated how he was cast as the "bad boy" of comedy or whatever after hosting the golden globes. There's a video on youtube of him sitting down and talking with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK about comedy for about an hour. He comes off as an annoying and bitchy, I think because he hasn't had the same humbling stand-up roots the other three have had. But David Brent earns him at least a small place in TV comedy history. If he tones down the now-obligatory douchiness for the muppets movie maybe it will be a good fit.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Actually his best work is AFTER the office

    by Windowlicker74

    Extras is the funniest sitcom ever made

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Gervais is a one trick pony

    by Terence James

    He will need to reign in his performance if he wants to compete with Jason Segel.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    My hopes for this flick just went down the toilet

    by John Brown

    And I'm a huge Muppet fan.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Will he be sitting behind that desk of his the entire movie?

    by DrFever

    I've seen him sitting behind that damn desk with the other guy more then I've seen him do anything else these last few years.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Gervais just doesn't do it for me....

    by _Venkman

    I liked him on the Office but afterwards he never really struck me as funny. He comes across as an obnoxious dick more than anything.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Stephen Merchant must meet Beaker!

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    The first new Muppet movie was really bland, sorry to say. I love Segel and his passion for puppets. Nice music from that Conchords guy too. Come to think of it, the two guys from the Conchords should be the leads. Just don't let Gervais write too much of his own stuff, it's not clever anymore.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    drfever, so all you have watched is Life is Too Short then.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Cool. Just checking.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Segal has a warmth that Gervais doesn't.

    by Lee

    I'm probably in the minority here, but I find Gervais painfully unfunny and can't stand looking/listening to him in general, let alone for ~2 hours. As a pretty huge fan of the Muppets, this news has bummed me out.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I seem to be in the minority, but...

    by eveelcapitalist

    ...I thought last year's Muppets was terrible. The Muppets typically make for great family fare but the movie The Muppets was just...lame. Oh it had its funny parts, but it came across as largely uninspired and unimaginative. Look, there's Jason Segal and Amy Adams...standing around...awkwardly. Mmmkay. Walter was as bland a Muppet as could be imagined. The plot sucked and was far too self-referential. Oh, yeah, the TV show! Remember that? That was awesome! The movie? Eh, not so much. Should have just done a 100 minute sketch film in that case. But I tend to compare it to A Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island which were outstanding movies. I'd like to see them go back to that kind of Muppet movie, doing old classic tales with Muppets filling in the roles. But that's just me, I guess.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    No need for other cast members

    by dvdmike

    his ego takes up so much room there may only be one muppet

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervaise

    by emeraldboy

    is an acquired taste. bit like Marmite. one either likes him or doesnt. With the office he was channelling all those years he spent in the Entertainment Management and for a brief while he managed Suede. Ricky Gervaise does understand failure because he was part of a new romantic pop duo which never went anywhere. while I enjoyed an idiot abroad Series one. the same cant be said for season two. I saw one episode of season three. lifes too short was patchy at best.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    I really like Gervais

    by SUPERJIM

    I've loved almost everything he's been involved in. Life's Too Short and new Idiot Abroad were very disappointing though. I think it might have a lot to do with Warwick being involved as I find his acting wooden. He spoiled Idiot Abroad for me as a lot of his scenes felt like they were scripted, or rehearsed at the very least, when you rarely got that with Karl alone, if at all. Derek was surprisingly good considering the subject matter and I hope it transfers well to the upcoming series. I was wondering if Gervais and Merchant have had a falling out recently as they haven't been working together, does anyone know? Hopefully Steve's just been busy in America and they'll start working together again soon. Neither of them are as funny separately IMO. I might listen to some of the old XFM shows later, now those are funny.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    ...Superjim...you're right...

    by scrote

    ....those xfm shows are fucking hilarious. Gervais had awesome cameos in Louie as Dr Ben. Anyone catch him in 'For Your Consideration'? Comedy gold...

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Agree on the xfm shows

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    listened to it so many times, I might listen to some now actually...

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    *Spoilers*

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Gervais spends the entire film trolling Kermit for believing the Rainbow Connection really exists.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Hope they get better walk on's this time

    by Dazzler69

    They were swimming in the shallow end on the last one for celebs.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Segel was an entire bland factory.

    by higgledyhiggles

    Why Amy Adams wouldn`t have kicked him to the curb like the chubster he is is beyond me. Suspension of disbelief can only hold so much fat-coated weight.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais is a cunt

    by Fart Vader

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    This is not the muppets!!

    by Miss Moneypennys Pishflapsh

    Kermit's the wrong shade of green!! I hope the makers all burn in hell!!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Let me guess...

    by Vicconius

    He'll dog the Muppets into becoming atheists after telling them how brilliant he is?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    The Muppets 8

    by TheFifthCylon

    This is NOT The Muppets 2. It's the Muppets 8.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    vicconius, The Muppets are atheists

    by Talkbacker with no name

    because I don't remember the existence of any deities mentioned in S. Street, Fraggle Rock and The Muppet show/movies ever

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Ricky's little fangs always bother me.

    by Smerdyakov

    Like he's a teething vampire.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I'd rather have Stephen Merchant

    by Larry_Sanders

    The REAL funny behind Ricky Gervais.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    @talkbacker, Muppet and Sesame Street Christmas special

    by bah

    The SS ones were more irreligious Santa-type stuff. But the John Denver one dabbled in Christianity, singing Silent Night and talking about a Christmas tree that was sad some people didn't know about the Son of God. It was, however, an inclusive brand of Christianity, with Kermit singing the message that even if you don't believe in Christmas, you can celebrate with him.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    As for Fraggles, they were more of a sneaky atheism

    by bah

    They had their own spirituality, but it was almost always shown to have mundane explanations that they just didn't understand. For example, a pond that would magically fill at a certain time, turned out to be caused by the Gorgs collecting water (I may not have those details exact, but something like that).

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    fifth

    by bah

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Bah - It was actually filled by Gorgs *making* water.

    by Fart Vader

    Gorgs gotta oee.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Gervais is the new Kevin Clash

    by Fart Vader

  • Except "Muppets From Space". No amount of apologetics will make that one good. Music sucked, story sucked, jokes sucked. The only good thing was the Ray Liotta cameo. That this is The Muppets 2 suggests it continues the story from the last one. No good.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Can we now add Steve and a Karl muppet?

    by popeofchina

    I just want them bullying him for three hours unscripted.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Gervais is a good choice

    by kubricksnutsack

    And his Twitter feed is great, especially when he trolls all the empty-headed religious nuts - like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • and subsequently being invited to do it again. And even after that, he's still a star. I love Extras and The Office, but his GG hosting duties will make me, forever, love him. I am very excited about this.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I rather have Karl Pilkington dealing with the Muppets

    by Ricardo

  • Dirty Fuukas!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Gervais Is a Douchebag

    by Garett

    Hate this guy, not funny in remote way, his comedic timing is waaaaay off typical dry british crap! Oh well seen #1 guess ill pass on #2 refuse to line this jackasses pockets for another bad performance.. thanks for ruining the movie !

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    bitter angry little fat man

    by 2soon2eat

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Hopefully

    by grassh0pperunit

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    re: eveelcapitalist

    by bubcus

    I think my favorite part of the movie was seeing the black and white photo of Jim Henson with Kermit. I miss that man. Brought a tear to my eye. I didn't really care for the rest of the movie despite my love for the Muppets in general. It was okay but not enough to get me to run out and buy the DVD. I'll stick with my DVD collection of The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, and A Muppet's Christmas Carol.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    the bar is pretty low

    by eROKv

    there's a pretty good chance it won't be as horrible as the last one, since that was pretty horrible.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Did someone within the muppets camp think he was funny?

    by nephilim138

    because he's not. The only thing funny about him is that he's an atheist.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Yes, let's all pile on Gervais for being an atheist.

    by The Garbage Man

    Remember kids, the United States of America may have been founded on the principle of freedom of religion (including no religion) but fuck you if you're not a Christian.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Revenge of the AICN Christian Talkbackers

    by Michael Thompson

    There is no God you fucks. And Gervais is pure comedy gold!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    @the garbage man

    by TheMachinist

    What happens when we get a president that isn't a Christian? What will they swear on?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Which Muppet is Ricky Gervais doing?

    by Deceased Fan

    Not that I'd pay to see that either.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Who would've guessed that so many AICN Talkbackers would turn out to be God botherers...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    You know genre movies make the little baby Jesus cry right?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Who knew there were so many religeous types on AICN?

    by SUPERJIM

    You dislike Gervais because he's an atheist? Fair enough to hate him because you think he's a dick, but because he doesn't believe in your God? What the fuck? Do you also agree that Muslims should hate "The West" because we don't believe in their god? You know that's the same thing that you are doing, right? I've never understood why America is so religeous when the rest of the civilised world has moved on. You guys need to catch up with us man. The sooner the world is rid of religion the better it will be. I'm sorry if those comments didn't come from Americans, but in my experience they are the only civilised nation where their citizens would hate someone because they don't believe in God.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Never Walk Alone

    by Deceased Fan

    Hiding in any doorway, in any shadow Any place where danger waits to kill my time There is one who loves and waits, to seal your fate As sure as you live and die When you feel that something's wrong I'll shelter you and keep you warm I'll never let you walk alone I loved you when you still hated me I'm coming and it wont be long Time to reap what I have sown Never ever let you walk alone I know your enemy, it once was me Let me wrap my arms all around you Suffer the trespasses that you've made I will drink your pain away, forever and a day If you just call out my name If you just call, call my name If you just call...even whisper it When you feel that something's wrong I'll shelter you and keep you warm I'll never let you walk alone I loved you when you still hated me I'm coming and it wont be long Time to reap what I have sewn Never ever let you walk alone I know your enemy, it once was me -Mustaine

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    What that has to do with Muppets, I'm not sure.

    by Deceased Fan

    I love you guys anyway.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais has chosen Muppets 2 and here's why

    by Boofalicious Washington

    groin flubber whipple canoe

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    People who piss on easy targets...

    by FeralAngel

    ...do it because they have very small dicks. That's Ricky Gervais in a nutbag - er, nutshell. When he starts dissing Islam and Judaism with the same type of tasteless unfunny rants he does with Christianity, I'll be convinced that he has a pair. Same deal with those twats who put up that billboard in NYC that says "Keep the Merry" (pic of Santa Claus) "Lose the Myth" (pic of Jesus). I look forward to seeing similar billboards from them taking on Ramadan and Passover. Yeah, right.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    If anyone deserved to be cast in a Muppet movie..

    by FeralAngel

    ...it's that guy. It's a certain career-killer. Jason Segel's star turn is pretty much over now. Hopefully Amy Adams will escape the curse, however. She actually has talent - and looks, although you'd never know it watching that Muppet movie. Never saw a beautiful woman so badly photographed in my life. She looked like she was on the rag the whole time.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    His whole smugness thing

    by pumaman

    Is totally put on. He's probably a decent bloke in real life. The Office cannot be bettered, and his performance in Extras, especially when he was on 'Celebrity Big Brother' was fucking outstanding. People just love to hate successful people.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    feralangel

    by SUPERJIM

    I'm not saying you're wrong, I don't like his anti-religeous rants either. They bore me as he constantly covers the same ground. But how is arguing against CHRISTIANITY an easy target? There are millions upon millions of people who believe in it. He takes on Christianity instead of others because he lives in a Christian society and was raised in a Catholic household. In effect he's having a go at his own kind which is far less disrespectful than doing the same to others.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    No one "hates" Gervais because he is an atheist.

    by Chris Moody

    People hate him because he is such a prick about it due to his need to smugly mock, ridicule and spit upon everyone else's sacred beliefs or deities. There is a difference. Also, it doesn't help that he isn't very funny. If you have seen one "Gervais" routine, you have seen them all.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    A funny routine would be for Ricky Gervais to travel to Yemen...

    by Chris Moody

    ...and turn his anti-religion tirade on Islam and Muhammad. Of course, it takes balls to mock a religion that often responds with something other than a mere argument.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    THE MUPPETS 2: THE WRATH OF ELMO

    by Chris Moody

    Well, technically, the wrath of the child molester who had his hand up Elmo's butt for the last 20 years.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    superjim, you speak of what you do not know

    by John Brown

    The hatred towards Gervais isn't because he doesn't believe in God, it's because he treats those who do like complete shit. No religious person I know hates someone because they don't believe in their God. (However, if I lived in the Middle East, I certainly would not be able to say that) You say we should "catch up" with the rest of the world that has abandoned religion. If by religion you mean institutionalized structures that perpetuate false systems of power and seek only to promote themselves as the solution to the world's problems, then I agree with you. But I suspect that's not what you mean. I suspect you mean we should move on from belief in God because it's a primitive holdover from our superstitious past. That's where I can't agree with you. I don't believe in God because my ancestors beat drums and offered goats to appease the spirits in the sky. And I don't believe in God because my parents did, because they never pushed it on me. I believe in God because I believe I have met him and that by meeting him I have become a healthier, more whole person. And I pray (ohhh...an ugly word to some, I know) that as a healthier, more whole person I will be driven to greater acts of compassion in the spirit of the one I believe I've met. You say catch up with the rest of the world. No thanks. I've lived in Europe, in societies that are mostly atheistic, and you know what I found completely lacking there? Hope. And I refuse to live without hope. I say, catch up with us and embrace, at the very least, tolerance for those who continue to believe that spirituality has something to contribute to global society.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Will Frank Oz be involved?

    by Dr. Strangelove

    Because that's about the only thing that could get me to care about a new Muppets project.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    the extras finale was one of the greatest pieces of modern

    by emeraldboy

    tv ever. and was the undoubted highlight of the Christmas it aired. Nobody has ever punctured big brother the way he did. it was utterly sublime.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Ricky's stand up was funny too

    by Matthew

    the british office, american office, extras, life is too short, the man is funny, doesn't mean Muppets will be funny because he isn't writing it. Anyway, there is no god, so I appreciate Ricky telling it like it to you worshipers of a dead guy on a T. 2 billion Christians but only 1 billion Muslims. In America and Europe we already know Islam is bullshit for the most part. Ricky was born in a mostly Christian country and lives in America a mostly Christian country. So, do you get why he mocks Christians and not Muslims? If you insult Islam you might someone might to try and kill you, all the proof you need the religion is bullshit. Just ask a Muslim what is the punishment for apostasy? What would a Muslim do to his child if they left the faith? I was raised Christian, so I attack what I know, I assume Ricky is doing the same. Attack what you know. Ricky could just tweet 9/11, boom! take that Muslims, it is too easy. As, for attacking Jews, yeah they have had it hard enough already!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Should have gotten Nic Cage. That would have been epic.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Can't you picture him screaming at puppets?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    covjack

    by SUPERJIM

    Good for you. I'm genuinely glad your beliefs make you happy. Everyone should have the right to believe whatever they wish. I think, on the whole, atheists are far more tolerant of people's beliefs than religious people are. In my experience they never try to push their beliefs on others which is something that I certainly can't say about those with faith in a god. There have been recent cases in the UK where non believers have been pressurised into praying in business meetings for example. My comments about "catching up" were probably uncalled for and I'm sorry about that. It just really annoys me when the term atheist is used as an insult which is something I see quite often on the Internet, particularly in reference to Ricky Gervais. It would be discrimination if anyone called someone a Christian or Muslim or Hindu in a derogatory way but Atheist is fine even in mainstream American media. I'm not going to defend Gervais' rants against religion. I think he goes on about it far too often and it's stale and boring now. But I will point out that they are usually (possibly always) in response to someone questioning him on atheism or mocking him because of it.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    The Muppets need to be retired..

    by donkey_lasher

    ...to a dusty closet. Keep the other creations by all means, but this schmaltsy self referential style of humour went stale after A Muppet Christmas Carol. Casting Jason Segal in the film pretty much suited him, as one of the most bland and unfunny actors in recent times. Not since Adam (gurning) Sandler has someone failed to make people laugh in such a spectacular way. The Muppets was pure agony to watch. If Ricky Gervais is involved in the sequel, he will likely be the only reason to watch this outside of the USA.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Christianity is an easy target because...

    by FeralAngel

    ...ironically enough, most Christians follow the admonition to turn the other cheek. You pick on Christianity, and there's little chance you'll find a bomb on your doorstep. But pick on Islam, and ohhh nooo!!! Some of those people are scary! We might get hurt!!!! Think that's not true? Then why did Comedy Central almost greenlight a show called "Jesus in the City" and yet block South Park TWICE when it tried to show an image of Mohammed? (And I love South Park, by the way. Because it tries very hard to be evenhanded in its satire. THAT'S where real guts come in. And I'm an agnostic by the way. I'm not stupid enough to think I have all the answers).

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I don't hate Ricky because he's an atheist

    by Fart Vader

    I hate him because he is a fat atheist.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    donkey_lasher

    by SUPERJIM

    I agree about Jason Segal. He can't act to save his life and he isn't funny at all. I watch How I Met Your Mother (more out of habit than anything else) and he is probably the worst thing about the show.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    so that guy puppeting elmo likes teen boys

    by Matthew

    who could of expected that? I was raised catholic so I shouldn't be shocked by news like that, but seriously wtf? I attacked catholic priests but I was raised catholic. The jews have been through enough already, leave them alone, they believe in wacky shit too, and almost killed Sasha Baron Coen as Bruno i, Israel. AS for Muslims, it is almost sad to attack them, I mean the poor women are covered from head to toe and its hot as hell over there. Most Muslim countries the people are oppressed so its like picking on a sick child. 9/11 is all you need to bring up to mock Muslims, true believers flew into a building to praise Allah! Anyway Americans and the British should know better than to believe in the bible, are we not enlightened? Do we not have math and science? Muslim countries are oppressed they don't know any better. We should! Last thing about Catholics, stop covering up for child abusers, lay off the anti birth control nonsense, and leave the gays alone!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    philjacksonisthemasterofzen:

    by Fart Vader

    Elmo takes it up le poop chute

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    @feralangel

    by TheMachinist

    Oddly enough, the only "Christian" group that does threaten people for their beliefs is the WBC, and they're the biggest target of all. Lousy scum-sucking shitmongering piles of fuck... I don't know what kind of point I was trying to make there.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    feralangel

    by SUPERJIM

    No I disagree. The only religion that I think would react in that way is Islam. In that case all other religions would be easy targets.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Christianity is an easy target because it's so fucking easy to pick apart...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    The same as every other religion. The reason why Ricky Gervais doesn't go on about Islam or Judaism is because he doesn't have to deal with it on a daily basis.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    bah, yeah that's true, but we both know christmas doesn't count :p

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    God knows, Ricky Gervais is a funny man.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Covjack you met god?

    by Amfpsych

    Let me guess, he had the same religious orientation as you do - I mean, he didn't say he was Allah, or Mohammed, or the Jewish god, but just the guy you thought might exist all along. You fortunate bastard.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Covjack

    by Amfpsych

    Next time you run into the big guy can you ask him why you never hear about athiests going on shooting sprees.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Funny how, in every interview before the movie came out,

    by jim

    Jason Segel raved about how it was a dream come true to make a Muppet movie. Then, like a week or two after it opened, the first news anyone hears about a sequel is Jason Segel saying he won't be in it. Very quick to say, basically, "I won't be doing that again". Well, not funny I guess, kinda sad actually. Perhaps the reality fell short of the dream?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Christian God, Muslim God, Jewish God

    by jim

    Same God, different religions.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Gervais is funny

    by Keith

    Not consistently funny, but definitely funny. And sharp.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssmredux

    by Keith

    Gervais wouldn't bother having a go at religious types if they weren't always trying to have their fairy tales affect things like laws and public policy. I'm sure Gervais doesn't give a shit about somebody believing privately that an invisible monkey called Mingu watches over them.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Covjack

    by Keith

    No religious person I know hates someone because they don't believe in their God.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, right

    by Keith

    (Laughs, thumps table and wipes tear from corner of eye.)

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    But the Muppets do have a deity

    by Chief Joseph

    The Mighty Favog. http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Religion

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Islam

    by Keith

    Picking on many modern muslims is like trying to pick on a whiny, lazy six year old with a huge sense of entitlement and grievance, and an AK-47. You laugh at them inwardly, and you know they're self-destructive assholes who keep demanding respect despite having done nothing to earn it, but you're understandably afraid of them as well. The least mature religious group in the world, taken en masse, because there has been no reformation/enlightenment period in the Islamic world. (Yes, I realize that at one time the Islamic culture was the MOST tolerant and enlightened form of monotheism in the world, but that was a long time ago and the movement has largely been backwards since then.) Religion often feeds on strife and underachievement: if you can't get a sense of respect or prosperity in this world, it becomes appealing to you to think that the tables will be turned dramatically in the next world: that you'll be gloating right at the end of the chess game when a dramatic deus ex machina gives you checkmate over the opponent who appears to have outplayed you throughout the game. Most stable, prosperous, well-educated societies move away from religion. The US is an odd exception, although even here one can see that it is predominantly the poor states of the union in which religion is strongest.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    A good fit

    by daggor

    He's not really a proper American movie star, but he is some level of celebrity.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Ohh! Religion and muppets! Awesome!

    by Darth Macchio

    They managed to make Amy Adams not look beautiful? Impossible! Criminal! How'd she fare acting wise? (she was fantastic as Amelia Earheart in the otherwise crappy NatM:BotS - should have been her instead of Hilary Swank and I'm a big Swank fan) I was considering a blind purchase (of 'The Muppets') but if they 'JessicaAlba-SueStormed' Amy Adams then I'd be irrevocably disappointed. Segal is ok provided he's not insisting on showing everybody his penis. And I'm thinking penis insistence probably wouldn't go over to well in a room full of muppets.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais is tired and unfunny

    by Proman1984

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    The people who don't get Ricky Gervais

    by alan_poon

    I probably wouldn't want to know you boring cunts in real life.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    ive always liked ricky

    by JackGraham

    Career wise, he has created two of the best british sitcoms ever with the office and extras. His stand up dvds are mostly very funny and he always accepts/presents awards at various ceremonies and usually steals the show in 3 mins. I was dissapointed with lifes too short however, a very unfunny indulgent show that will prob never see a 2nd series due to bad reviews and lack of ratings. His cameos in the museum movies and both ghost town and invention of lying were awful unfunny. He does his best work for tv. I'm also not a fan of his constant self plugging of his own work and his now boring neverending religious tantamount on his twitter. However, his bath pics on twitter where he makes himself look as unpleasant as possible in the bath make up for this. These pics are his best work. I also think from being a fan for 10 yrs that hes a good hearted decent bloke.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Yay muppets teaching atheism

    by HoraceSkinner

    Christians better not insult Ricky G for insulting them! You know why ppl get away with insult driven comedy ? Because.they are funny. Ricky G hasnt been funny in a while. And I.just never found ther office (either version) funny Probably cause I work for a living

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I grew up post Henson era and the Muppets arent the same without him

    by sunwukong86

    Its like the JJ Star Trek. They look and sound like the characters but theyre not

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    God

    by doczlove

    I would hate to meet some of you at a party. The 'oh they peaked on their first/second album and haven't done anything good since' types. Yawn.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    doczlove

    by nametaken

    i love the comments on this site. but no, would never want a real life situation with more than one of the talk backers here.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    90% of these commenters would be utterly mum in real life

    by Darth Macchio

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Horace, don't you think you need to have

    by Azby

    worked for a living to properly relate to The Office? That comment struck me as odd

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    No one hates Ricky because hes an athiest

    by Vicconius

    It's because he injects it into everything and calls anyone who isn't names. He's an arrogant zealot just like the worst of the born-againers. Now I wanna be clear. The UK Office is sheer brilliance. Might be my fav comedy ever. Extras was great and had it's brilliant moments. I quote it a lot. The Warwick series was enjoyable, and anything Pilkington is bliss. But Ricky is becoming a one trick pony and also buys into his praise way too much.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Oh,and his movies have sucked ass. So did that abomination Derek.

    by Vicconius

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    @vicconius - one trick pony

    by voxmortis

    And yet you've mentioned 4 of his projects that you love/like?! 4 trick pony? He might be a twat, but he's a funny twat. ...and to the others, don't bring up religion, us atheists are laughing at you.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    @ misterdarcy: Who the fuck gives you the right...

    by Chris Moody

    ...to act like a pretentious asshole when it comes to the sacred beliefs that others have? On my football team, you could dog someone as long as you didn't touch mothers, sisters, grandmothers or religion. You go to far when you mock something that is "off limits" to others. When you call religion a "fairy tale," you are totally entitled to your opinion. However, arrogant and petulant assholes deserve to have the shit beat out of them for pretending that their way should be the only way that the topic of religion should be discussed. No one cares that Gervais is an atheist. Big fucking deal. However, Gervais (like nearly every other almost "evangelical" atheist) is a pretentious douche-bag about it when he feels the need to spit on every non-violent or non-retaliatory religion and their adherents. If Gervais wants to be less annoying with his ridicule, then let him travel to Yemen and make a TV show that mocks Islam and Mohammad. Or, let him go to Hollywood and mock Judaism or things that Jews hold as "sacred." Nah, Gervais is just an asshole who makes other assholes laugh with his smug "mission" to convert people to his ego-centric views on religion that asswipes proudly dismiss as "fairy tales."

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    @voxmortis

    by Vicconius

    And three of the four I mentioned are basically the same format. The fourth is Pilkington which he milks to death in another way.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    @vicconius - true

    by voxmortis

    But I think it's amazing that such a fat ugly bloke from Reading has done so well for himself...

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Oh! And there was Alice Cooper working for Satan

    by bah

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Holy shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Who Cares??????????????????

    by crackerfarmboy

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    amfpsych and misterdarcy

    by John Brown

    Thank you for reminding me why I don't bother to attempt intelligent conversation on the Internet.

  • That franchise was dead. The Mouse bought it just to add another attraction to it's theme park. But then Segal remembered how much fun he had watching the Muppets and dusted off his script that he probably wrote while down time on Freaks and Geeks. He used all the clout he may have had at the time to get Adams. And they made a real fun film that breathed life back into the franchise. Remember Muppet films before, with C-list all stars. Now they are going off into their own direction and casting like a bad episode of DC Follies. Two names that no one gives a shit about are going to carry this into a new generation? I can see if Ricky is playing the villain, no one really cares if he's a cunt if he's the villain. I fear this may bomb just like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will bomb if those executives don't get their heads out their ass and sign Franco. He was the other half of the heart of that film. Without him in it I'm gonna find it hard to relate to Caesar again. Franco represented that little piece of his past, and humanity. If this is goig to be an eventual trilogy then at least bring him back just to kill him off. In one of the older talkbacks I wrote a brilliant synopsis on where I think the sequel should go. I would let Hollywood have it for free if they would just make smarter decisions.

  • IT's not the same thing to attack a religion you are utterly and completely ignorant on, yet many Christians and morons think they have a fucking clue of what Islam is actually about while having no idea what's actually in the Koran. So you have a problem with someone rightfully destroying the religion in which they are most familiarized with culturally? Sorry it's a total false equivalency and a cop-out to make the comparison you are making.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    awepittance. Does that mean you have every right to mock your uncle's penis?

    by death metal batman

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Jesus H.......!!!!

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    ....to all you Jason Segal lovers...that bloke is just NOT funny...I mean, i didn't want to see his 'dangler' in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.....ewwwwwww!!!! How the hell he puilled and then married Michelle Williasms, is beyond me...he makes me look like George Clooney...and makes me look 'hung' like Dirk Diggler.......he's useless...in so many ways....

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    covjack

    by Keith

    I have had conversations with intelligent theists. Most theists are very weak debaters, though, because their position is based in large part on an abandonment of logic and objectivity. I suppose I have some respect for people such as Kierkegaard who embrace this position openly. Most are unaware of the fact, though. I mean, in your case, you are relying on the validity of 'truth by revelation': you ask us to trust the fact that you have personally met god. Well, sorry, but on that basis the guy at my local loony bin really IS Napoleon. Anyhow, I suppose it's possible that you personally know no other theists who judge others for their beliefs. You must have lived a bit of a sheltered life, though.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssmredux

    by Keith

    I respect anyone who can defend their position based on reason and evidence. I also respect people who have their own personal unsubstantiated beliefs but have absolutely no intention of trying to suggest that others should live in accord with those beliefs. If you want to enjoy your myths in private, that's fine. But don't try and fuck up the world I have to live in because you buy into something for which you have absolutely no evidence. Just, y'know, fuck off.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Fairy tales

    by Keith

    I mean, to bring up an oft-made point, this is presumably how you categorize the world's various religions: Norse gods: fairy tales. Greek gods: fairy tales. Roman gods: fairy tales. Aboriginal dreamtime stories: fairy tales. Sumerian gods: fairy tales. Christian bible: THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW THE WORLD CAME TO BE.

  • Yeah, but it's fine to declare that an atheist lacks a moral compass, and fine to judge that an atheist should not be running for President of the US. Throughout history, theists have been the most judgemental people to walk the earth. And society has progressed with an inverse correlation to its religiosity. Why? Because those who follow religions are dogmatists, almost by definition. Religion suppresses free thought. Civilization has progressed despite the beliefs of theists. Christian protestant societies prospered over Catholic and Muslim societies for one simple reason: they were more tolerant of dissent. The less any given holy book was followed and its beliefs imposed on others, the better off society was.

  • ...or the individual who holds those sacred beliefs. The notion of religious faith is not justified by "proof" or "evidence" because faith itself is defined as the "evidence of things not seen." You can believe that is a "myth." Fine. However, it is smug, rude and condescending for some arrogant jackass to point at a deeply held religious faith, deity or the individuals who hold those views and to mock and ridicule them. To those people, I agree with you that they should, y'know, fuck off.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    @ awepittance: Actually, Gervais knows little about Christianity...

    by Chris Moody

    ...but the fact that he attacks it so aggressively yet ignores Judaism or Islam is due to the fact that he is a COWARD. Ricky Gervais knows that he will be rejected by Hollywood for attacking Judaism and he risks being killed if he mocks Islam. Of course, he is extremely overrated. If you have watched one Gervais routine, you have seen them all. His arrogance is his "gimmick" and it is now now yawn-inducing.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    @ misterdarcy:

    by Chris Moody

    The vast majority of Americans believe in God. And, the vast majority of them are Christians. It is important to remember that Christianity is not a "religion" but a "philosophy." Christianity itself was a reformation of Judaism in which the Mosaic Law was considered "fulfilled" by the teachings and philosophy of Jesus Christ. It isn't about "law" but about "faith." This is why it is extremely offensive to Christians when arrogant pricks prance around mocking their God and beliefs -- because it is the foundation of their lives. Still, I don't want to digress because I am not much of a Christian in practice. However, I hate to see jerks spew ridicule on sacred beliefs or the people who have those beliefs and then pretend to be a "martyr" if people call them out for it. Gervais attacks Christianity because it is a convenient target without much fear of physical retribution. He would NEVER do this about Islam because he loves himself (and his life) too much to say what he really thinks and he knows that mocking Islam (or Judaism) would create a major shit storm

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    No point debating religion

    by KGersen

    No-one ever wins. Gervais is comedy gold. If you don't get it, oh well.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Covjack

    by Amfpsych

    I don't think "intelligent" means what you think it means.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssmredux

    by Keith

    I can claim that I have a sacred belief that everyone should give money to me, under pain of death. Would it be disrespectful of you to tell me to shove those beliefs up my ass? Beliefs should not be afforded respect just because someone claims that they are precious to that person. Why the fuck should I care about that? I don't give a shit about the opinions of some muslim telling me that my girlfriend having her hair uncovered is disrespectful because his magic book tells him so. I would tell him to go fuck himself, and that his superstitious beliefs were pure bullshit.

  • Fine. I believe that you and you alone can save the planet by killing yourself before Thursday. It was revealed to me by a higher power. Respect my beliefs. They're valid, because I have faith in them. Get to it. You only have 48 hours.

  • Yes, but I don't give a toss about that. Seriously; I have no respect for the opinions of deluded people, no matter how many of them there are or how upset they get. You're all very, very silly. Your beliefs deserve no respect.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Hey, ccchhhrrriiisssmredux, are you still alive?

    by Keith

    Do you have any idea how offensive that is to me? You are an incredibly rude man. Be more respectful.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais is a God amongst Men!

    by Lee Rainberg

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Should be Tatum

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    And Nicholas Cage.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Bring back Jason Segal and Amy Adams!!!

    by HB_Dad

    They were perfect for the Muppets! Will Segal's Muppet brother be in this at least?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST

    toned down family gervais is no good

    by Hugh Gustavus

    his strengths are being edgy and taking risks with his humour

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    compete with jason segel? segels bland and not funny

    by Hugh Gustavus

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    gervais too smart and subtle for americans

    by Hugh Gustavus

    i guess you want poo stains on carpets or homophobic and dick jokes like your pathetic r rated movies

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    yanks want muppets with assault rifles and bibles

    by Hugh Gustavus

    the movie will be a siege at a kindergarten. if the kids cant quote from the bible they are going to heaven

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    one day americans will grow up out of the stone age

    by Hugh Gustavus

  • Whoopi Goldberg played god in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. Now that would piss me off if I were god.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    re: " I believe in God because I believe I have met him"

    by buggerbugger

    Come on, fella, you can't just leave us hanging like this. Please, tell us more about this one-on-one with God. What did he look like? What did he say? What did you talk about? Where did you meet him? Can we meet him, too? Would we need an appointment or could we just walk on up to him and start telling him why we'd like to punch him right in the balls? Heck, can we just walk up to him and forego the pre-ball-punch preamble?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    WWJHD?

    by bah

    I'm pretty sure he wouldn't find any of you worth his time.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Big Bird smacked down Egyptian god Osiris once

    by bah

    Seriously.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Casting reeks of small screen

    by Dursman2000

    Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais...meh. Love the "groundbreaking" Euro setting -- that's never been done in a Muppets sequel!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Someone said atheists have no morals?

    by Darth Macchio

    That's obviously a generalized statement not based in any empirical reality but I'll bite.... Because it occurs to me that a kind atheist is arguably a more moral person than a kind religious person as the religious person's motivations for kindness and decency can be seen as suspect. An atheist has no moral compulsion to be kind outside of being 'good for goodness' sake. There is no eternal reward or punishment for the atheist. No impetus to lead them to kindness nor honor, decency. There is nothing that compels them outside of their own hearts and minds. Therefore, to me, an atheist who is a kind and honorable person has the greater claim to morality as its motivation is not based on self-interest. Not to say kind and decent religious types are only that way due to the threat of punishment in the afterlife if they're not kind and decent - of course that's not the case. But I think it's more than fair to say an kind/honorable atheist has a greater claim to morality given their motivations are not based on what happens to them later after they die. Good or bad.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    What stereotype is that Kidicarus?

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Ricky Gervias is someone who's grown up with Christianity being forced on him from an early age so he's obviously going to mock it more than a religion he knows next to nothing about.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Tolkein was a devout Catholic, the ignorant twat

    by FeralAngel

    How do nerds deal with that terrible blight on their nerd-god's character???

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    We all had Christianity forced upon us since birth

    by Vicconius

    Some of us just chose not to be a whiny douche about it.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    We all had slavery forced upon us since birth

    by Keith

    Some of us just chose not to be a whiny douche about it.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    We were all ass-raped since birth

    by Keith

    Some of us just chose not to be a whiny douche about it.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    We all had the ptolemaic model forced upon us since birth

    by Keith

    Some of us just chose not to be a whiny douche about it.

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