Gervais Battles Boredom On Movie Sets
British funnyman Ricky Gervais struggles with downtime while filming movies - because he is so "easily bored".
The actor likes to keep busy to distract himself and admits his restless energy often annoys his long-time friend and writing partner, Stephen Merchant.
Gervais tells BBC's Newsbeat, "Our first job together (with Merchant) we wrote and directed The Office. After a few hours it was clear that all I was trying to do was put off the other actors, that was my job. I was acting but I was gearing everything to make (co-stars) Martin Freeman laugh or MACkenzie Crook.
"And Steve came over and said: 'It's as if having your own TV show isn't enough for you.' And he's right. I get bored very quickly.
"I mean those were early days when I was a nobody - think what I'm like now."