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The Office's Ricky Gervais defends his Invention of Lying

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 1st 2009 9:03AM
Rickey Gervais is asking critics to lay off The Invention of Lying.The creator of the world's most popular sitcom franchise, The Office, should be beyond the reach of critics anywhere. But, Ricky Gervais is preemptively telling reviewers to lay off his new movie, The Invention of Lying.

The comedy Gervais co-wrote and directed with Matthew Robinson explores a world where no one has ever lied until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Gervais doesn't want critics to expect too much. On his blog, he wrote, "Dear critics (everyone), when judging the film, please remember that it is a high concept, PG-13 romantic comedy. It's not Schindler's List or The Godfather."

While many filmmakers try to ignore and rise above the wailing of critics, Gervais took the unusual step of trying to ingratiate himself to them before his movie premiered. It's a step akin to barring press from preview screenings -- raising a red flag that there are serious problems with the film.

This reporter is left asking why Gervais is worried about what anyone thinks about any of his creations. From The Office spreading throughout multiple countries to his record setting podcasts with Karl Pilkington to his HBO stand-up specials, everything the guys touches turns to gold. His movies will find their audience no matter what the pundits say.

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Rich

I think when people laud everything you do as "genius," sometimes you just need to preemptively remind certain people that you're an entertainer making entertainment, so people come to your work with the appropriate expectations. Nothing wrong with that.

July 01 2009 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

"Ghost Town" didn't exactly turn to gold, did it?

July 01 2009 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel

he didn't write ghost town tho...i believe he just starred in it

July 01 2009 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

"Ghost Town" was pretty great, plus it was mostly lauded by critics (I think it had a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes). Didn't make a lot of money, but people who saw it quite liked it.

July 01 2009 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

If, as he states after your quote, a critic compared the Extras Christmas Special unfavourably to Dickens, it doesn't seem that outrageous for him to issue a public statement basically saying "Hey, I'm capable of fluff too".

Unfortunately, once you've made Citizen Kane, everything you do will be judged by that standard, whether you want it to be or not.

July 01 2009 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Willmore2000

The Extras special was brilliant, by the way. Every bit as much as The Office.

July 01 2009 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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