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Ricky Gervais Has Forgotten What Made Him Famous …
August 25, 2017, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Culture, Empathy, England, Entertainment, Relevance

So yesterday I wrote about The Office and how David Brent may – or may not – have been influenced by 80’s cricketer Ian Botham.

I love that show so, so, so much so I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I watched the movie Life On The Road.

Now to be fair, Ricky Gervais said this was not meant to be an extension of The Office, but it did feature the character David Brent so it’s pretty obvious I’m going to make comparisons.

When I first heard of the film, it was like hearing an old friend was coming into town and the trailer definitely raised my expectations but when I sat down and watched the final film, I was left underwhelmed.

I should point out this was not purely because it wasn’t anywhere near as funny as The Office, it was because Ricky Gervais had fundamentally changed the character of David Brent.

As I wrote yesterday, the genius of David Brent’s character was that while he was a delusional, terrible manager … his heart was in the right place which is why the people around him, put up with him.

However in Life On The Road, Brent became a bit of a dick – highlighted by the fact the people around him openly hated him – which resulted in you having little sympathy for the character because his cringe-worthiness was driven by arrogance rather than misguidedness.

This slight shift in character changed everything … and while Ricky Gervais may argue that the desperation to become a Rock Star would result in you becoming a more aggressive character than trying to be a manager of a paper-merchants [in Slough], I can’t help but feel it’s because Gervais has become disconnected to normal life, that made The Office so amazing.

Of course, that is to be expected given he is a multi-multi-millionaire and has the lifestyle that is about as opposite to the one he had when he wrote The Office, which should serve as a great reminder that one of the greatest skills anyone can have is to know when to walk away.

Though when I wrote about the guys at ATTIK, they said it better when they said …

“It’s like retiring from football and ten years later expecting to play against younger guys, it wasn’t the way to go.”


29 Comments so far
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you and gervais have a fuckload in common.
im surprised because i thought you only resembled brent. the new dick version

Comment by andy@cynic

Not forgetting his big dollop of Gareth idiocy and Finchy wanker.

Comment by DH

There’s worse people to be compared to …

Comment by Rob

youre fucking right campbell. you could be compared to you.

Comment by andy@cynic

You walked into that Rob. Nice play Andy.

Comment by Bazza

youre right about the film. the trailer was made up of the only fucking funny bits in the whole movie ego piece.

Comment by andy@cynic

I haven’t seen it. I knew it would be bad and don’t want my memory of one of my favorite ever shows being killed. Why did he do it?

Comment by DH

Don’t Dave, it’s so sad in so many ways.
Actually, on second thoughts, watch it then I’m not the only one who had their memories screwed with. Ha.

Comment by Rob

is that why you dress like youre in 1978, to feel like youre still one of the young guys? hate to break this to you campbell, its not fucking working.

Comment by andy@cynic

As i pointed out yesterday, The Office was many good things but it wasn’t funny, so it’s no surprise that the various spin-offs haven’t been funny either.

Comment by John

You are a hard man to please John.

Comment by George

I laughed more when I read the scripts, but the brilliant way they performed it meant there was only one set-piece (the evaluation interview) that made me laugh – the rest was just too cringeworthily close to the truth.

Comment by John

Isn’t that what was funny though John. The fact we could all relate to bits of it and now, from a safe distance, we were able to laugh at the stupidity that was once our reality?

Comment by Rob

If I don’t laugh, I don’t think it counts a s funny.

Comment by John

I guess it suggests that deep down I find stupidity unforgiveable and that I’m not a nice person.

Comment by John

I think it just says you shouldn’t come to this blog.

Comment by Bazza

Nobody should.

Comment by John

Thank you Robert. When I watched the movie I felt there was an unpleasant difference in the Brent character and you helped me understand what it was. It should have been a triumph but in the end it should have been shelved. Another in a very long line of television shows that have failed to make the cut as a film.

Comment by George

Coulda. Shoulda. Didn’t.

Comment by Lee Hill

You’re right. Has there been a single film that has worked as well as it did as a TV show? Some have been good but I don’t think any has ever been “as good” and certainly never better.

Comment by Rob

You won’t say that if they make a movie length episode of the real housewives.

Comment by Bazza

My dreams would all come true if that happened.

Comment by Rob

Monty Python? Mission Impossible? Are You Being Served?

Comment by John

Not sure if any of those count. Either a different storyline to the show a different cast. Though I’d definitely pay to watch ‘Are You Being Served’ as a movie, if only for the car crash it would be.

Comment by Rob

I bet the latter exists. Oh look it does – “The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled”. That’s your weekend viewing sorted for you.

Comment by John

You’re enabling him.

Comment by DH

Surely etter he ingests some harmless recreational stuff than he goes off searching for some adulterated street docos to meet his needs?

Comment by John

‘Porridge’ the movie wasn’t bad.

Comment by Ian Gee

Porridge wins because Kate Beckinsale’s Dad was in it which automatically means it’s epic. Plus he was from Nottingham.

Comment by Rob




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