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Ricky Gervais: Legacy means nothing

Ricky Gervais isn’t concerned at all about what future generations will think of his contributions to society.

The 52-year-old British star is the mastermind behind comedy classics like The Office, and he is renowned around the world for his humour.

But Ricky is unwilling to worry about what future generations of humans might think of his work after he dies.

“I don’t think of things like that,” he told British newspaper The Sun.

“I don’t even think about how people will think of me when I die. It’s meaningless. And I don’t worry about death, I only worry about how you die.”

Ricky can’t imagine how he’d be anxious over other people’s opinions of him from the grave.

All he is concerned with is enjoying life in the present moment.

“But I do worry about my legacy when I’m alive. I want to keep doing this for as long as I can,” Ricky explained.

“I want to be like John Cleese and be able to look back when I’m 70 and go, ‘Oh my God, Fawlty Towers is still voted one of the greatest comedies of all time’. I want to think like that.

“My legacy after I die isn’t so important to me because it doesn’t really make sense.”

The comedian’s last film Muppets Most Wanted reached US cinemas last month.

Ricky has always been a fan of the children's franchise and found it a treat to work with the colourful characters.

"I’m a big kid. I love the magic, the disbelief. I don’t see the humans around them, I see talking animals," he told UK magazine ShortList recently.

"No [I didn't see the puppeteers]. I had to remember to say hello to them. I’d say hello to The Muppets. I had to remember there was a human being I had to look in the eye, eventually."

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