Ricky Gervais is spending lockdown eating vegan food, exercising and saying hello to dogs from a distance.
The comedian and animal rights activist recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how he deals with not being able to go out and socialize. Although he had to cancel his world tour, he says he is handling the situation quite well.
“I am very well” he told the publication. “You won’t hear me complaining when there are nurses working 14-hour shifts and front-line workers risking their own lives.”
He added: “I’m in a nice house with a garden. I live in an area where there is a nice big heath that my girlfriend and I walk in every day and where now I say hello to the dogs from a distance.
Gervais said he enjoys pasta with vegan meatballs, vegan lasagna and tofu stir-fry as comfort foods.
“Basically, anything that made you fat, but with a meat substitute”, he explained. “I snacked less because I’m worried about not getting as much exercise. Turns out I’m probably exercising a little more because I’m freaking out about not getting enough.”
Speak up for animals
In addition to working, cooking and exercising more than usual, during the lockdown, Gervais encouraged people to eat fewer animal products. He has also spoken out against the wildlife trade.
Experts believe the coronavirus originated from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, a wet market with a separate wildlife section.
After viewing footage of a similar market in Indonesia, Gervais told the Mirror in April: “We cannot continue to exploit animals, eat wildlife and trash the planet.”
He added: “Wildlife trade and markets must close. Otherwise, it will be a question of when, not if, we will have another global pandemic.”
Earlier this month, he opened up about his love of animals on fellow comedian Russell Brand’s podcast “Under the Skin with Russell Brand.”
“I’m in awe of an animal…we’re just part of nature.” He added, “We don’t have anything special. We are not as important as the bees.
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