Ricky Gervais had a controversial turn as host of the 2011 Golden Globes that spurred outcry by some of Hollywood's biggest stars and Anne Hathaway says in a new interview that if viewers are looking for the same controversy, they should look elsewhere.
"I can guarantee that if you're looking for someone to call people out, we're not your hosts," the actress said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter when asked if she and James Franco will try any risky quips like Gervais did. "I think that humor is really difficult to pull off, and I'm not particularly adept at it. I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it."
She adds, "I don't mean to sound overly serious, but I am the youngest host in history and I have no business being cynical or calling anyone out. I certainly haven't earned the right to do that."
During the 2011 Globes, Gervais introduced Robert Downey Jr. by giving a list of his recent successful film credits before ending with, "But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."
Downey didn't take kindly to Gervais' joke. "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"
When "Toy Story 3" co-stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen presented, Hanks said, "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian," and Allen responded, "Neither of which he is now."
Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk told The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks the comedian "definitely crossed the line."
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