Ricky Gervais defends bad language in After Life: “Individuals appreciate it when you don’t patronise them”


Ricky Gervais has defended his use of bad language in his Netflix sequence After Life, arguing that audiences can deal with coarse language and darkish themes… even in a sitcom.

The favored sequence – which stars author/creator Gervais as grieving widower Tony – just lately returned for a second season, liberally sprinkled with c-bombs and different expletives.

“I did surprise in a half-hour, so-called ‘sitcom’… may individuals go from the worst factor that would occur – this man has misplaced his spouse to most cancers – to then laughing at him insulting slightly fats child? And the reply’s sure,” Gervais advised RadioTimes.com in an unique interview.

He argued: “We second-guess individuals an excessive amount of. We go, ‘Can they take this as an viewers?’ – in fact they will! Actual life is worse!

“Even the language factor… have you walked previous a constructing website, to listen to the language? Or a faculty?!

“So individuals can take it… and the extra we water it down, the extra anodyne it turns into, and I feel individuals appreciate it when you don’t patronise them.”

Gervais just lately advised RadioTimes.com that he believes After Life, which sees Tony wrestle to get well from the lack of his spouse Lisa (Kerry Godliman), “would possibly resonate much more” in difficult occasions.


“I feel there’s at all times the time for reflecting on household, and the aged, and all of the issues that matter in life – security, and luxury, and well being,” he mentioned “I don’t suppose there’s ever a bad time to do this, it’s simply that we often take [those things] without any consideration.

“[The show is] not about now, however I feel it would possibly resonate much more.”

After Life season 2 is streaming now on Netflix. To observe RadioTimes.com’s full interview with Ricky Gervais, head to fb.com/information at 7pm on Friday (1st Might) for the dwell premiere.


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