Happy Birthday: Stephen Merchant

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stephenmerchant.jpgStephen Merchant

Born: November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England, UK

My father was a plumber and I remember him coming home when I was 16 and telling me he hated his job and I shouldn’t do it. I’m sure there are people who love being plumbers or working in offices and that’s great – there’s lots of jobs which might be considered mundane which people take great satisfaction from doing. We’re presenting characters who have jobs they don’t enjoy and that aren’t fulfilling them and ask if they’re going to do anything about it. It’s not interesting to do a story about happy people in a happy place. Extras (2005) was about people in showbusiness who weren’t happy doing that either.

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