Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue at Sunday’s ceremony was a Friars Club-esque roast of Hollywood’s biggest stars, as Angelina Jolie, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, as well as a few unnamed Scientologists bore the brunt of the comic’s scathing wit and sharp tongue.
“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking — or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast,” Gervais said, before recalling the timeline of Sheen’s October rampage in New York. “That was a Monday… what did he do New Year’s Eve?”
Next up on the chopping block was Jolie, the A-lister whose nomination for the critically-panned The Tourist took some by surprise.
“It seems like everything this year was 3-dimensional — except for the characters in The Tourist,” Gervais said. “I haven’t even seen The Tourist — who has?”
Gervais really turned up the heat by praising the performances of I Love You, Phillip Morris stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as “two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay.
“So, the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then,” he said to boos. “They’re not here.”
And of course, Gervais couldn’t make it through the monologue without mentioning his favorite target, Gibson.
Prior to announcing actress Scarlett Johansson, Gervais said she’s “beautiful, talented and Jewish, apparently… Mel Gibson told me that, he’s obsessed!”