Ricky Gervais takes on Disney with own animation show and mega Spotify deal

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    Ricky Gervais is taking on Disney by creating his own animation show.

    He is also in talks to sign a multi-million pound deal with the music streaming giant Spotify.

    The After Life writer and actor, 61, said: "I’ve got a couple of ideas – I’ve got three ideas, so I’m going to do a little pilot for each and then decide."

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    In a Q & A with fans, he said his cartoon is not based on his kids’ book series Flanimals about useless, fictional creatures.

    Ricky explained: "That’s the first one I’m going to do, a little animation idea. I can’t tell you about it and I might never do it. But it’s not Flanimals."

    He added: "I’ve been talking to Spotify about doing something. I want it to be fun but I don’t want it to be my job.

    "And I don’t want to have to do tons of research and write something like it’s a Radio 4 documentary."

    It comes after Ricky tackled a muscle-bound bully at his gym.

    He stepped in when the beefcake selfishly hogged a machine his partner Jane Fallon wanted.

    Ricky said: “Everyone in that gym came up to me and said, ‘He’s always here. He’s an absolute f****ing a**hole. He does this all the time.

    “So he had two or three machines going and he left his stuff on both.

    “And I was waiting and then Jane went and he jumped in the way and I thought, 'f***ing hell he is an a**hole'.

    “So I went on it, he came over and Jane was on next. And I got off and he looked at Jane and said, ‘You can go after me.’”

    The men got into a row before the hunk claimed there were no rules about using the kit.

    Ricky said: “I went, ‘No rules.. what about for politeness? And I went if there’s no rules, there isn’t space either.’

    “So he went over to the other machine furious.”

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    The Brit, on Sirius Xm to promote his Netflix special Armageddon, said: “When he got off that machine, I got on it and it was a leg machine.

    “I put it on the lowest weight so I can do a thousand – I was there so long I couldn’t f***ing walk the next day.

    “It was my only get out. He grabbed his stuff and went, ‘you people are so rude’.”

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