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THE RAZZ: MOVIES: Movie Q and A Ricky Gervais; RICKY Gervais soared high across the world as David Brent in The Office, winning two Golden Globes and a raft of other awards. Now he's flying again, this time as a pigeon in animation Valiant.

Q Do you actually like pigeons Ricky?

A I like all animals. I saw a mad, posh bloke hit a pigeon with a stick once and wanted to take the stick and hit him. QDid you have any input as to how you looked on screen? Could you ask for a bigger beak? ANo. Initially you have no idea what your character is going to look like as you voice the script first. But they filmed me doing it and came up with that fat, mouthy pigeon with scruffy hair. They've done me proud but what can you do, it's a comedy! Anyway, if I was handsome David Brent wouldn't be around.

Q You got to work with Ewan McGregor, what was he like? AHe was amazing - loud, clear, just what they wanted. I bumped into him in the loo and said: 'I'm not sure if can do this shouting.' He replied: 'I know what you mean - you don't want to feel like a **** do you?' That broke the ice. I thought: 'Yeah, he's right, I shouldn't worry,' then went out and it was great. That was my meeting with Ewan, in a loo. QCan you tell us about your new show, Extras?

A I play the sort of guy who says things like 'Acting's in my blood'. Yeah, acting's in your blood because it's easier than getting a proper job. It's that sort of pretension I like to flag up, the hypocrisy.

Q Was it hard for you to lay the ghost of David Brent to rest? It seemed there was so much of you in the character.

A I'm much more like Andy Millman [of Extras] than I am David Brent - who was actually quite a nice bloke desperately trying to please people. In Extras we shot a scene which is just like me, complaining in a restaurant. The frustrating thing is I can't do that now because I'm famous. Before I would have kicked up a fuss, now I can't. Fame has turned me into a nicer person.

Q Bugsy is a closet hero. Is there anything you are secretly very good?

A No, I've got no hidden talents. Some would say no outward talents. I'm quite a good shark hunter ... no, I'm not.
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Date:Mar 25, 2005
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