It is hugely unlikely that Ricky Gervais will tone down his Golden Globes routine for Sunday's show (January 15, 2012), despite coming in for heavy criticism for insulting some of Hollywood's biggest names during his 2011 show. Robert Downey Jr, Mel Gibson and Johnny Depp were among those in the firing line last time around - and it looks like Ricky is preparing more of the same with just three days to go before he takes to the stage in Los Angeles.
Earlier this week, The Office star tweeted, "Some last minute preparation so I don't look out of place at The Golden Globes" - before attaching a picture of himself pulling a face outside L.A's Modern Institute of Plastic Surgery. It looks as though nobody is safe from Gervais' putdowns on Sunday, and as is if anybody needs reminding, here's some of his more outrageous jokes from last year's show. On Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner, the comedian quipped, "There's been some great new TV dramas this year, like Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead. Talking of the walking dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris". On Johnny Depp's poorly received adventure flick The Tourist, Ricky began, "It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron. Seems like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in 'The Tourist". Depp was seen smirking in the audience at the time, and the pair have since worked together on the comedy 'Life's Too Short'. Last year's hosting caused a huge furore, mainly because the Hollywood A-listers simply weren't expecting it - this year could be different. Elton John, who is nominated for his song from the movie Gnomeo & Juliet, told the Press Association. ""I'll probably get the p*ss taken out of me, but it's fine with me. I'm British. I can take it". Damian Lewis, nominated for his work on television series Homeland, also acknowledged he could be in the firing line, saying, "If he's got a thing about redheads, I'm a sitting duck". Glee creator Ryan Murphy spoke of his excitement for Ricky's hosting, saying, "It's always good with the shows to have an unpredictable element to them, and he certainly is that".
The Golden Globes come live from the Beverly Hilton on Sunday evening (15 January, 2012). George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep are nominated for the evening's biggest awards, with movies The Artist, The Descendants and War Horse also looking take home the top honors.