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Ricky Gervais burrows his way into Wind in the Willows as the Mole

Jan. 6, 2011by:

There are few actors as consistently funny as Ricky Gervais, so anything he becomes attached to in any capacity, I have to be a little bit interested in. We won't see his gorgeous face in this film, but hopefully some of his wit shines through in any case.

According to Variety, Gervais has signed on for the lead role of the Mole in the live-action/animatronic rendition of THE WIND AND THE WILLOWS helmed by Ray Griggs. "It's a natural fit to have an iconic British actor star in an iconic British tale," Griggs said. "I had Ricky in mind for this role from the inception of this project."

The story follows a group of animals, a mole, a rat, a badger and a toad, and then adventures they have, and it spawned one of the scarier theme park attractions from my childhood, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Here's what the current script has in store for the creatures:  

The animals join forces to save their land from a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the uneasy truce between the peaceful animals of the Willows and what remains of Mankind. Story begins when Mole ventures out of his lonely home for the first time and finds a world of new friendships, wonders and adventure waiting for him in the land of the Willows.

What remains of mankind? Wait what? I may be a bit rusty on the story here, but was this supposed to be set post-apocalypse? I must have missed that when I was four.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe nuclear fallout from humanity's wars has mutated the animals into being able to talk.
Source: Variety

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6:15PM on 01/06/2011
I'm not too familiar with the story, but i say cast Michael Caine as someone as well. He's always great... and he's a brit!
I'm not too familiar with the story, but i say cast Michael Caine as someone as well. He's always great... and he's a brit!
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3:22PM on 01/06/2011

I have yet to see anything involving him as funny.

Not even the American Office (which he likes to remind everybody about how he deserves all the credit).
Not even the American Office (which he likes to remind everybody about how he deserves all the credit).
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3:27PM on 01/06/2011
That's OK, comedy isn't for everyone.
That's OK, comedy isn't for everyone.
4:48PM on 01/06/2011
Neither is being a pretentious asshole.
Neither is being a pretentious asshole.
8:52PM on 01/06/2011
Then odds are you're not funny.

Just out of curiosity, what are some of your favorite comedies?
Then odds are you're not funny.

Just out of curiosity, what are some of your favorite comedies?
2:31PM on 01/06/2011
The guy's awesome in anything but should most definitely be playing Mr.Toad!!! Now I'm trying to think of British thesps to fill out the rest of the cast. Simon Pegg is a no brainer. Timothy Dalton . . .
The guy's awesome in anything but should most definitely be playing Mr.Toad!!! Now I'm trying to think of British thesps to fill out the rest of the cast. Simon Pegg is a no brainer. Timothy Dalton . . .
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2:16PM on 01/06/2011
I saw him when he came to MSG last year and he was hilarious... he makes everything better.
I saw him when he came to MSG last year and he was hilarious... he makes everything better.
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2:13PM on 01/06/2011
Ricky Gervais can do anything he wants. The man is brilliant. Too bad he is not a bigger star here in the states.
Ricky Gervais can do anything he wants. The man is brilliant. Too bad he is not a bigger star here in the states.
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