British actor MACKENZIE CROOK suffered excruciating electric shocks at the hands of Ricky Gervais while working on THE OFFICE - all in the name of amusement.

Cheeky comedian Gervais loved finding ways to build up enough static energy and jolt his co-star during idle moments on set, but Crook managed to keep his cool while the Golden Globe-winning star unleashed his macabre experiments on him.

Crook, who also starred in Pirates Of The Caribbean, recalls, "He used to give me electric shocks. He realised if he slid across the carpet he could pick up enough static to shock me.

"He used to do it all the time and it really hurt. I never lashed out at him but I had some pretty mad reflex actions that could have caught him."

21/07/2005 09:30