Crook, 49, is best known for his role in The Office, where he played Gareth Keenan as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean films. However, the Kent-born actor will return to television screens as Worzel Gummidge in a new BBC adaptation of the show airing today. Crook is likely to attract more fans after his second appearance as the beloved walking and talking scarecrow. However, in an open confession, the star admitted that he felt left behind after The Office’s success.
During its short two seasons on screen, The Office achieved iconic status and numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for best television series – the first time a British show had received a nomination in 25 years.
Crook played Gareth, an irritating collaborator who often played jokes and pranks on Tim Canterbury played by Martin Freeman.
The hit BBC show ended in 2003 and Gervais has regularly stated that he has no plans to bring the TV show back.
Even so, he hinted that he might revive his character David Brent next year to celebrate 20 years after The Office first aired.
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In a Twitter Q&A session, he said, « I play with making an appearance like a special one, but I don’t know . . . never say never! «
Since then, Gervais has achieved international fame and earned millions after customizing The Office for the United States.
This year he hosted the Golden Globes following his success with other shows like After Life, Derek, Idiot Abroad, Life’s Too Short and more.
Gervais even made the film Life on the Road, which continued his character Brent’s journey in 2016 – but his former castmates didn’t appear.
Crook admitted that he was « intrigued » to see the former Wernham-Hogg Paper seller’s attempts to make it as a rock star, but was surprised not to be involved.
Later, Crook doubted his chances of returning as Gareth because he felt the show and Gervais had moved on.
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« I really don’t think he’ll go back and visit Tim and Dawn and Gareth to see what they’re up to because they’re not interested. ”
Despite the lack of interest from The Office, Crook will appear in Worzel Gummidge, which also features Michael Palin, Brian Blessed and Zoë Wanamaker.
Crook told Express. co. Great Britain that he « really loved Worzel in weird, incoherent ways » and felt « for the first time » able to « improvise when he was in character ».
He continued, « There were some kids who came on set and I went over to talk to them in character and I could know exactly what Worzel was going to say to them. ”
But Crook, who wrote, directed, and starred on the new show admitted that he had never seen the early television show, which aired for two years until 1981.
He said, « As a kid, I didn’t see Jon Pertwee’s version, it wasn’t on my radar.
« But once I realized how much other people loved this version, I felt pretty responsible.
This year’s Saucy Nancy episode focuses on a boisterous ship character with a bad mouth – played by Shirley Henderson – trying to find her way back to the sea.
In the original television series, the role was played by the late Barbara Windsor, who died on Jan.. December died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
This week, Crook told The Sun that their remake was a fitting tribute to that week’s nationally loved star.
He said, « Absolutely. She played the original version and many people will remember it fondly.
Crook told the Daily Record that he hoped the show would bring joy to children who have struggled due to restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
As he thought about what Christmas meant to him, he said, “It will be a poignant one. It’s going to be an odd cap at the end of a difficult year.
« But this year wasn’t all bad. There were also many good things that came out of it. It’s a year we’ll never forget. ”
Mackenzie Crook stars in Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy, which airs at 5am. Today at 55 o’clock on BBC One.
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