Ricky Gervais Interview – David Brent: Life on the Road – “I never wanted to bring the Office back and never will”

PREVIEW

David Brent is back. Or so says the tag line. Thirteen years after Wernham Hogg, he’s now working in a new office at Lavichem, working as a sales rep for female sanitary products. And still chasing his dream of fame. And in the new film, Life On The Road, Ricky Gervais knows fans of The Office are hoping for a return to glory. And knows they will come away disappointed.

THE INTERVIEW

Thirteen years after The Office ended, why come back now?

GERVAIS: The most important component to recognise here, is this is not The Office. I never wanted to bring the Office back and never will, I would be crazy to do that because it wouldn’t work now. It wouldn’t work in this time and era. It was very of the now. Plus, the same people would never be working in that office, it never happens, the same people working at the same desks after ten years, that never happens. I should know, I spent my life in one for long enough. This is about David Brent, where is he now? What is he doing now? I thought, ‘Why was I so insistent on never working with David Brent again?’ I missed him.

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