Ricky Gervais warned us, so it was no surprise really that last night at the Golden Globes he mocked, insulted, and made everyone uncomfortable. It started with a scathing opening monologue in which he alluded to the homosexual leanings of two famous actors who are scientologists, and he continued to pepper his blows throughout the evening as he even insulted the Hollywood Foreign Press, who organizes the event. I'm guessing his chances of a three-peat as host next year are pretty low.
Just before the event, he told E! that he thought he'd "go just close enough to the edge but not go over it." But he didn't keep his word and dove right off that edge. If you missed it, here were some of the most notable zingers. See if you think he went too far:
In talking about the film I Love You Phillip Morris, he said:
"Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor -- two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay, so the complete opposite of some famous scientologists then," Gervais said. He then added, "My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke. They’re not here."
Wonder who he could possibly be talking about, wow.
After saying the people responsible for the Sex and the City 2 posters should have been nominated for special effects, he said:
"Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you on an episode of 'Bonanza'!"
He went in with a low blow for Charlie Sheen:
"Get ready for a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it - breakfast!"
That one was well deserved.
Of Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, he said:
“Next up, Eva Longoria has the daunting task of introducing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press. That’s nothing, I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.”
He had no love for The Tourist:
"I'd like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes."
He introduced Bruce Willis as "Ashton Kutcher's dad," which was kind of funny, though Bruce didn't appear to think so.
While introducing Robert Downey Jr., he listed many of his works, then said;
"But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."
Downey gave his own little jab back saying, "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"
Do you think Ricky Gervais went too far at the Golden Globes last night?
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