Ricky Gervais Likes The Idea Of His Corpse Being Eaten By Lions
The comedian outlined his grisly hopes for his cadaver after conversation with US TV host Stephen Colbert moved onto the subject of life after death - a nice little segue from chat about his hit Netflix show, After Life.
Gervais - who espouses science and atheism - indicated that he didn't care what happened to his body after he dies, stating: "Hopefully being dead will be like the 13.5 billion years before I was born."
Demonstrating how little he cares about the preservation of his corpse, he continued: "Feed me to the lions... me just being thrown into the lions' cage at the zoo and people - all tourists - going, 'Is that the bloke from The Office?' And then they see the lions chewing me.
"I like the idea of the two lions eating me and they go for the soft bits first and they have got a testicle each, and they are about six feet apart - by the time I'm 78 my testicles will be six feet apart.
"And they're chewing it, and it will be like Lady and the Tramp. Just two lions just chewing my testicles. Brilliant."
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- Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 19, 2020
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The 59-year-old also explained the more likely destiny of his body after he dies - though again, as you might expect, his output didn't stay too serious for too long.
He said: "I'll probably give it to medical science so it does some good.
"I like the idea that medical students would cut me open and they'd go, 'What the f*** is this? What has he been doing? This is disgusting.'"
But while Gervais clearly doesn't believe in an after life, he is extremely passionate about his show After Life, and has been writing the third and final season during lockdown.
Speaking to LADbible recently, he said: "I always intended that I could do a third, and I just waited to see what happened. And within a week, Netflix called and said, 'We really think you should do a third', and I went, 'Okay, well, secretly I've already started.'
"So I've done about, I reckon, 30 pages, and I really do do a couple of minutes a day now."
He added: "I've always got a few ideas left over but that doesn't stop you putting everything into everything beforehand, to the point where you burn bridges and make it harder for yourself. But you should.
"I mean, even the first series I made it that it could be just six [episodes], in case I got knocked over by a bus - and I've always done that. You put everything into it, and then - when and if there's a demand for it and you do a second season - you've got to try even harder."
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