The BBC 2 comedy “Life’s too Short” has been greenlit for a Feb.19 premiere on HBO; taking one of the slots emptied by the cable network’s cancellation bloodbath in late December. According to the Huffington Post, HBO will air seven episodes on Sundays at 10:30 pm EST.
HBO is surely hoping the Ricky Gervais comedy will fare better across the pond than it did in its native UK, where it was considered a critical and commercial flop.
Among the enticements of the mockumentary -- which follows Warwick Davis's many challenges as a little person in the entertainment industry -- are buzzworthy cameos from Johnny Depp and Liam Neeson.
In one leaked scene from “Life’s Too Short,” Depp shows that he's still holding a bit of grudge towards Gervais for slamming him at last year’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
“Just doing another film that’s probably going to make loads of money,” Depp says after greeting Gervais in his fictional office. “Probably more money than any film you’ve ever [coughs] made.”
After some tense, competitive banter, Gervais breaks and asks Depp if he’s done something to offend him.
“What do you mean, like, trashing me in front of like 200 million people at the Golden Globes?”
When Gervais defends himself by insisting his comments were jokes, Depp tells the polarizing comic he has jokes of his own.
“I actually got together with some pals after the awards and we wrote some jokes about you,” Depp tells Gervais, before cautioning, “I want you to know this and I want you to carry this for the rest of your days: No one makes fun of Tim Allen on my watch.”
Watch Johnny and Ricky trade jabs in the scene from the forthcoming HBO series:
And watch Depp ‘interview’ Warwick Davis in this scene:
And last but not least, the Liam Neeson’s hilarious attempt to be funny, which already went viral in late 2011 before YouTube took it down. It’s back now…