Ricky Gervais is going to make that tuxedo look pretty good tonight. In 2010, inspired by his girlfriend, Gervais lost more than 20 pounds. He said at the time that it wasn’t about the weight, but instead, “It was more that I was a fat, lazy, out of shape slob, to be honest.”
Nothing could be further from a description of tonight’s Golden Globes host, a gig that requires as much energy as it does personality and thick skin. This will be the British actor’s third go at hosting the awards show, which can foreshadow the upcoming Oscars. He’s brutally honest, but with that brutally entertaining, which is what these often cut-and-paste awards shows can need to hold an audience’s attention. Last year, Gervais’ biggest joke might have been about the collapse of Charlie Sheen; this year, a bounty of Hollywood divorces in recent news could fuel his sharp tongue.
Gervais’ weight loss first made headlines in 2010, when we first reported on it. Fortunately, his focus on fitness hasn’t waned in the past year. At that time, he credited much of his weight loss to the sport of running, something he and his girlfriend Jane Fallon enjoy doing together in their Hampstead Heath, London neighborhood; or, when traveling, he’ll pound the pavement in NYC first thing in the morning.
It’s this focus on being active that helped him lose more than 20 pounds, after reaching an all-time high of 196 pounds, or as he noted 14 stone. At that weight, and after a two-day 11-sausage binge, Gervais realized “enough is enough. I need to look after myself. I am nearly 50 – I don’t want to die.”
He attributes his weight loss as having nothing to do with Hollywood and everything to do with his health. He’s also changed nothing about his diet. “I haven’t stopped eating anything – it is just exercise.”
His decades-long girlfriend Fallon has said that he did stop snacking at night and then, unbeknownst to him, she prepares healthier versions of their favorite meals at home. The new lifestyle also helped to her to lose about 20 pounds, too.
Image via Golden Globes by Todd Antony; Ricky Gervais Twitpic