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Dec. 11, 2006 issue - Q&A: Ricky Gervais

The British comedian stars in the new family flick "A Night at the Museum," which is set in New York's American Museum of Natural History. He spoke with Nicki Gostin.

I love the Museum of Natural History, but the stuffed animals creep me out.

Yeah, they do look a bit like lost souls staring back at you. I think the best stuffed animals are the ones just curled up asleep.

Was it fun being on a big Hollywood movie?

It was the first one I did. We filmed in Vancouver. They put us up in this lovely five-star hotel. I got to the set and the trailer was huge, and the director bounced up to me and asked if everything was OK. I said, "The trailer's bigger than my hotel room," and he said, "Do you want a bigger hotel room?"

And you said?

Well, I found out that Ben Stiller's trailer was bigger than mine and I stormed off. The director made us swap.

Were you nervous about the NBC version of your classic BBC show "The Office"?

Well, no. I tried to distance myself. The show has had time to grow and find its own feet. Rather like America being part of England. We started it off, and now they're doing well without us.

That's a rather colonial attitude.

Exactly. It's like a son you didn't think would amount to anything. You don't like the way he's made his money, but at least he's doing well. You'd rather he'd become a lawyer or doctor, but he owns a casino.

Your version of the show was set in the town of Slough. Have they given you the keys to the city?

They've given me the keys, but I haven't used them yet. I don't think they lock Slough. I think they leave it open.

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