While us cold-hearted Brits laughed like a drain at Ricky Gervais’ mean-spirited (and very funny) Golden Globe slaughtering of Hollywood’s golden cows, some people Stateside didn’t take it very well. Presumably because it was just a little bit too close to home for those in the industry.
Judd Apatow is one of those people. The director, who has had monster hits with 'Knocked Up' and 'The 40-year-Old Virgin', said at the Producers Guild Awards show (in the same room at the Beverly Hills Hotel that Gervais had been ‘mean’ in the week previous) that Gervais was ‘mean’ – kind of missing the point – and that he shouldn’t be mocking people for being fat.
‘What did you think of Ricky Gervais?’ he asked the industry crowd. ‘I didn’t like him. I thought he was mean. He had that joke about the guy on Lost. He said he ate everybody else. Let’s be honest -- Ricky Gervais just lost weight. Even now he’s four pounds away from not being allowed to do a joke like that. Did he lose weight just to make fat jokes? You think that’s how mean he is?
‘(He) made a joke about Tim Allen who was standing next to Tom Hanks; who looks good standing next to Tom Hanks? We all look like a piece of shit standing next to Tom Hanks. Warren Buffet would look like a piece of shit next to Tom Hanks.
‘Tim Allen did 200 episodes of 'Home Improvement'. He was in three of the highest grossing movies of all time. And his latest just crossed the one billion mark. Whereas The Invention Of Lying made $18 million dollars worldwide...Leave Tim Allen alone.’