Ricky Gervais is TV comedy royalty thanks to series like "The Office" and "Extras," but his attempts to parlay that success into a feature film career have been sketchy at best. Ghost Town, his first lead movie role, only earned $27 million out of its reported $20 million budget. His second film, The Invention of Lying, fared only slightly better, with a $32 million gross out of an $18.5 million budget. These are not major success by any stretch of the imagination. So there's really only one thing to do: co-star with a hand in a sock.
Ricky Gervais is currently in talks to star in Disney's upcoming sequel to 2011's blockbuster The Muppets for director James Bobin, who himself made a successful transition to feature films after a TV career on "Flight of the Conchords" and "Da Ali G Show" through Jim Henson's creations. Gervais would join Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), who recently replaced Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz in the as-yet-untitled sequel. Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, reminds us that Gervais filmed a cameo in Bobin's 2011 Muppets movie, but that it got left on the cutting room floor.
Then again, while the Muppets sequel really help Gervais' film career all that much? Is anyone really going to say, "Hey kids, let's go see that Ricky Gervais movie?" Or are they going to say, "Let's go see The Muppets. Isn't that guy who plays the doctor on 'Louis' in it or something?"