Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Daily Mirror blind item seems to be entirely lifted from the show Extras. Therefore because I don't feel qualified to talk about Cynthia Nixon's breast cancer or have a desire to talk about the 100 stories that have been printed about Paris bad mouthing The Whore and then apologizing to her later, and just feel sad for Cameron Diaz on the passing of her dad, I am going to talk about Extras.
I'm sure everyone will disagree with me, but I hate it. Hate is actually a strong word. I will say that it is painful to watch. That is a much more accurate statement. I watched the first three episodes and have no desire to see any of it again.
I like Ricky Gervais, but this is not the role for him. He basically only has one character and it fits in certain places, but not here. What worked in The Office doesn't work on the set of a film. It just comes off as forced and contrived. The only reason to watch it at all is for the guest stars. I guess the pain of 90 minutes of episodes was falling in love with Kate Winslet. She was amazing. Brilliant. In the bonus footage there is even more of her, and that was worth it. Ben Stiller and Ross Kemp were also really good and Stephen Merchant (co-creator of this and The Office) who plays Ricky's agent is hilarious as well.
The problem with the show is that I spent all of my time skipping through any dialogue by the two main characters to get to the scenes involving other people.
Maybe it was just because it was the first three episodes. If you think I am wrong, then you need to convince me. I have never been so happy to be done with a DVD.