In an interview and photo shoot with Howard Schatz for the December issue of Vanity Fair, comedian Ricky Gervais described how and why he takes risks.

An excerpt:

"I don't want a predictable story. If you see something coming, it's not as exciting. So I, I like being made to jump in a horror film. I like someone saying the unexpected. I know how embarrassed I am in a situation and that's all we're doing, really, isn't it? We're trying to evoke an emotion in someone else. We're trying to make a connection. The terrible thing is, I don't know whether I'm trying to do that, or just please me."

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