British funnyman Ricky Gervais has slammed the British film industry for asking cult TV stars like himself to star in movies, instead of searching for talented actors.

The star of comedy series The Office has famously rejected a series of high-profile British and American movies, including Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, because he refuses to encourage "lazy and rubbish" UK film bosses.

He complains, "All these film offers do for me is confirm how lazy and rubbish the British film industry is. It's get an old actor for a cameo, get a comedian whose been on telly for two weeks and make a grim northern tale about a f**king hockey team. Not for me."

15/11/2004 14:27