Screen stars Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet have been recruited by British comic Ricky Gervais to feature in his eagerly awaited new series EXTRAS.

The Office creator and star approached the celebrities last year (04) with his co-writer Stephen Merchant before they started work on the scripts, because they didn't want to risk writing parts for stars who hadn't committed to the project.

Gervais says, "We have to write the scripts especially around them. There would be no point wasting a year writing a script for someone and then asking them, and them saying, 'Of course not.'"

But the pair had no trouble attracting the stars they had in mind.

The comedian adds, "It's unbelievable, we got everyone we aimed at."

13/02/2005 14:15