As we count down to the 2014 Emmy Awards, Zap2it is taking a closer look at each of the lead acting nominees for comedy and drama — and judging them not by their best work, but by some of the more dubious credits on their IMDB pages. So we ask you: Based on what you’re about to see, would you give this person an Emmy?
Ricky Gervais is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the titular character in “Derek,” an autistic caretaker in a British assisted living residence for the elderly.
While Gervais is known mostly for the biting humor that fueled the UK version of “The Office” (and inspired the creation of the US version) or his Golden Globe hosting stints that left no member of the celebrity audience unscathed, “Derek” highlights the importance of being kind and compassionate, especially to those who are too weak to care for themselves.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we uncovered Ricky playing an employer who is much less sympathetic to the handicapped or disabled. In fact, he’s just an ignorant jerk who makes broad assumptions about people with specific disabilities.
If you stay tuned to the end you find out that Ricky’s character is supposed to be taken ironically since the skit is actually a PSA for hiring people with disabilities who would otherwise be written off. Turns out Ricky Gervais has been standing up for those who can’t do it for themselves all along.