Ricky Gervais speaks the Truth

Ricky Gervais talked to Empire Online about his upcoming film, This Side of the Truth. Obviously, I love The Office; Multiplex has a similar sensibility, I think. (It’s been compared to either of the versions more than once, anyway.)

It’s not exactly related to the movie, but I found this particular bit in the interview interesting:

“I want to make The Apartment, I don’t want to make Team America,” he insists. “Team America’s one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen, but I don’t want to make that. I want to make The Apartment or When Harry Met Sally or Play It Again, Sam. There’s someone better than me at doing Borat and Team America – there’s someone better than me at making The Apartment too, actually, but I love that Trojan horse. I love the idea of starting off spikey and then everything being alright. I love that kind of comedy… I’m always trying to make something classic. Even though The Office looked like this drab, miserable thing, we gave them a nice ending.”

The Apartment is probably my favorite movie, and I’m a huge fan of Team America and When Harry Met Sally, as well, so it was cool to see Gervais mention those specifically. (I suppose this means I need to rent Play It Again, Sam.)

This Side of the Truth is being co-written and co-directed by Gervais and Matthew Robinson and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, and Rob Lowe. The film centers around an actor (Gervais) who discovers the ability to lie in an alternate world where no one else ever has.

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 12:20 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Wade
    on 2008-02-15 at 13:33
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    It’s good to see that Gervais still has a lot of ambition. As huge as he is in Europe, he still hasn’t had a big breakthrough here in the States. But if ‘This Side of the Truth’ is as good as it sounds, this could be it.

  2. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-15 at 16:06
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    I love that premise. It has a lot of potential, especially with Gervais behind it.

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