Ricky Gervais Directing and Starring in This Side of the Truth

September 13, 2007
Source: Variety

Ricky Gervais

British comedian Ricky Gervais, who you might've recognized as Ferdy the Fence in Stardust or as the original creator of the British version of "The Office". Gervais has signed on to star in the lead role and co-direct his first major project titled This Side of the Truth. The film is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied. Gervais will play a performer who tells the first lie and harnesses its power for personal gain.

Confused as to what exactly the story is about? Gervais tries to explain it further.

"My character works in the film industry, where actors are really readers who tell completely factual stories," Gervais said. "My character's a loser who's about to lose his job, and who's lumbering through the 1300s. All he's got to work with is the Black Death. But once he lies and pretends he's found lost stories, he becomes the greatest storyteller in the world."

Gervais is co-directing with his co-writer Matt Robinson, so it's not him all alone on this.

I know there are a number of Ricky Gervais fans out there in addition to myself. He's not exactly mainstream in America yet, but he's slowly building. This Side of the Truth has a very off-the-wall story and concept to it and I'm not fully convinced that it will be anything amazing, but letting Gervais co-direct and star in it may be the golden ticket.

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