When it comes to Hollywood, no one is more divisive than the sharp-witted, silver-tongued British comedian, Ricky Gervais. Shooting to fame in the award-winning BBC comedy 'The Office', Gervais portrayed arguably his most famous TV character to date -- The all round, loveable 'prick' boss, David Brent.
Since his early beginnings on The Office, Gervais has gone from strength to strength. Syndicating his original BBC show to dozens of countries with many also sanctioning remakes (including the Steve Carell fronted US Office). Gervais followed up his primary success with a catalog of hit TV shows (Extras, Derek & An Idiot Abroad), starred in, wrote and directed a flurry of Hollywood films and hosted the Golden Globes multiple times, causing every A-lister in attendance to get hot under the collar as they tried to avoid his gaze.
2015 marks Gervais's busiest year to date, and it looks set to pay off handsomely. Finally, Ricky is bringing Slough's best to the big screen and that's not his only project coming in 2016.
Life on the Road will follow our hero David Brent, as he embarks on a mid-life-crisis induced music tour with his band, The Foregone Conclusion. With a documentary crew in tow, the film is set to be released in late 2016, a staggering 15 years after the original Office aired on BBC. A true testament to the enduring quality and comical genius of the original character.
The film will also remind us off Ricky Gervais's surprisingly talented vocal chords, famously shown off in the hit song 'Freelove Freeway'.
Ricky has already penned a new original track for David Brent and The Foregone Conclusion called "Lady Gypsy".
Did a little pre-shoot for the Brent movie in the form of the video for David’s epic folk ballad, "Lady Gypsy".
It felt great to awkwardly grin through that little goatee again, and the video is even funnier than the one he made for 'If You Don't Know Me by Now'
Here's a quick reminder of the David Brent back catalogue (as if you could ever forget...)
What's next for Gervais?
Ricky Gervais will also be starring and directing a new comedy called Special Correspondents which just recently wrapped production, hitting cinemas late 2016. Co-starring Eric Bana, the story follows his character as a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan.
Adapted from the 2009 French comedy Envoyés très spéciaux, as expected Ricky has been involved with every aspect of the film. From principal shooting, editing and writing the script, his talent knows no bounds. With such a talented cast and what seems to be a passion project from the man himself, many are slating this to be one of Ricky's best films to date.
It’s not a typical Hollywood broad comedy but hopefully you’ll love the characters and their adventures. It looks cinematically beautiful too. Apart from when I’m in it, obviously. The crew are great and the cast is amazing. But you’ll be the judge of that.
As if the above two films weren't enough for Ricky, it was recently announced that the comedian will again be hosting the Golden Globes. Incredible news for the viewers... Not so much for the audience of A-listers in attendance. Ricky has been known to not hold anything back when delivering his trademark sharp wit to the nervous attendees - and rightly so.
I said "no" when they first approached me, I'm just too busy, but they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I don’t mean they threatened to kill me. I just mean they were very persuasive, very charming and very generous. I'm quite looking forward to it now though. I've got myself into that "I never want to do it a again so I've got nothing to lose" state of mind. I hope some people enjoy it as much as I intend to.
As a comedian, all Ricky will be doing is telling jokes. Funny ones at that. For too long have award show hosts pandered to the ego's of the overpaid, stone faced celebs as they try to conceal their anger at losing awards. Telling jokes (if at all) that have been previously vetted beforehand, making sure not to offend. It's worth pointing out, as the evening drags on, the amount of 'losers' in the room grows -- as does the intoxication.
I for one, cannot wait to see what Ricky has in store for the upcoming Golden Globes. I will also be in line to check out both Special Correspondents and Life on the Road.
A staunch animal rights supporter, talented comedian/writer/director and all round internet legend. 2016 is set to be the year of Ricky Gervais. Obviously.
Special Correspondents will be released in late 2016, starring Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana and Vera Farmiga among others. Life on the Road will also be released in 2016, written and directed by (you guessed it) Ricky Gervais.