The Role He Was Born For: Ricky Gervais To Play A Mole

Thursday, January 6 by

Pictured above: Ricky Gervais and a mole

Ricky Gervais will loan his lilting voice to Mole in WETA‘s production of The Wind In The Willows. The story follows four animals being polite to one another and drinking tea for 90 minutes in the English countryside. Or something.

Okay, quick question: how the hell did it take this long to cast Ricky Gervais as a mole? Did he have laryngitis when they were recording voices for Fantastic Mr. Fox? Or was he just waiting for the right mole role? This doesn’t make sense.

Just like it didn’t make sense that Morgan Freeman had been a working actor for 45 years before he was cast as Nelson Mandela. Either these casting types are blind or too nice. (Variety)

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  1. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    This reminds me of “Extas.”

    “This is a review of ‘Wind in the Willows.”
    “What’s yours called? Ohh, ‘When The Wind Blows.”

  2. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    If you love Ricky Gervais and that bald headed mong Karl Pilkington follow jimmy_poodle on Twitter.

  3. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    If Gervais reads this, you are a fucking legend, a bigger legend than god!

  4. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    Ohhhhhhhhhh, chimpanzee that! Monkey News!

  5. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    Which is which?

  6. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    Wow, I don’t mind people being opinionated, but this writer just appears bitter and childish. I’m sure Gervais is very happy to have gotten under their skin.

  7. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    I wish he was playing a roley poley toad.

  8. January 6, 2011 9:16 am


    I almost wish he was playing Mr Toad so I can say, to qoute Barry in Extras

    “He’s got the same throat”


    And as requested by Ricky, here’s a mention of Karl, to fight the good fight and keep that round head round:

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