After Life’s Ricky Gervais reveals he ‘gets all of his crying scenes done in one take’ and talks tackling taboo of death in season 2

AFTER Life’s Ricky Gervais has revealed he ‘gets all of his crying scenes done in one take’ – and believes it's important to tackle the taboo of death.

The second season of his hit Netflix series returns on Friday and once again sees Ricky play grieving widower Tony, who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife Lisa.

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The second series features a number of poignant and highly emotional scenes where Tony breaks down in despair over his loss.

While some might think it would take funny man Ricky, 58, a while to conjure up the necessary tears, the reality is totally different.

Speaking to The Sun Online and other media, Ricky said: "They're not that hard for me, if I feel it, if I mean it, if it feels real I can cry, just once and then you feel better, so they're all one take.

"I think dramatically the toughest probably was watching the final few moments of Kerry [Godliman, who plays Lisa] when she says 'Say goodnight'.

"That was tough, I remember that was tough, thinking about it and filming it to get it in one and not make it look melodramatic, that was the hardest for me."

After Life has won plenty praise for it's realistic and poignant look at death and grief, and Ricky insists it's an important subject matter to tackle head on, with some humour thrown in for good measure.

He said: "It's an amazing evolutionary tool, laughing releases endorphins and joking about stuff takes us there and makes it less scary.

"That's why I deal in taboo subjects as I really, genuinely think it's what humour is for, to get us through bad stuff.

"And also you confront taboo and there's less taboo, there's nothing to be scared of.

"It is important and it makes people stronger, it's funny because we pride ourselves on being a nation that can laugh in the face of adversity and then people still get upset a joke now and again and you can't have it both ways.

"But I think people are always ready to laugh in the face of adversity."

After Life season two premieres on Netflix on Friday, April 24. 

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