Ricky Gervais recalls failed music career to write Life on the Road

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 August 2014
Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais says his failed music career is helping him to write new movie 'Life on the Road'

Ricky Gervais is using his own failed music career to inspire his latest film 'Life on the Road'.

The much-anticipated flick will follow the musical exploits of David Brent - the focal point of Gervais' most famous comedy creation 'The Office', which was set in a paper merchants in Slough - and the 53-year-old comedian said his personal experiences of making music is helping to inspire the script.

He told ITV's 'This Morning': "I brought him back briefly for Comic Relief, because people were asking, 'What is he doing now?'

"So it's ten years after 'The Office' and he is currently going up and down the UK selling cleaning products, but he's never let go of that dream of being a popstar!

"He thinks he can still make it... and thinks he might get signed if he goes on tour, so the film will be about that. I failed miserably myself [as a popstar] so I've put it into this! It is fun being on stage."

Asked when fans can expect the film to hit cinema screens, Gervais added: "I'm writing it now, and we film it next year, so will be out two years from now."

David Brent: Life on the Road

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 36min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ricky Gervais
  • Written by: Ricky Gervais
  • Cast: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Andy Burrows, Rebecca Gethings
  • UK release: 19 August 2016

David Brent (Gervais) takes unpaid leave to pursue rock stardom with his band Foregone Conclusion. The skin-crawling songs are worth the price of admission, although the comedy feels crueller than before, and after a brilliant start and amusing middle, the film dissolves into cheap sentiment.

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