Ricky Gervais to play God

2011-07-22 13:03

New York – Comedian Ricky Gervais may not believe in God, but he’s about to play Him.

The non-believing Office mastermind took to his blog to share some details about Afterlife’, the new show he’s planning with Dexter’ producer Clyde Phillips.

The comedy is about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.

“Anyway,” Gervais writes, “I play God ...”

Not the typical, wise, benevolent God – that’s Morgan Freeman’s thing, Gervais notes.

His own version will thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread.

He adds that his God likes atheists, and “admires the fact that they were moral people even though they didn’t believe they would ever be rewarded with everlasting life”.

A couple of other things Gervais would like to clear up: the show isn’t an “atheist comedy”, as some news outlets have described it, because an “atheist comedy” wouldn’t include a heaven or God.

Also, don’t expect a “twisted bloodlusty anti-religious fest” just because of Phillips’ grisly history with “Dexter”.

“We’ve come up with this show because we think it will be fun, different and entertaining, and not to undermine the moral fabric of America,” Gervais says.

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