The film is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied. Gervais plays an actor who tells the world’s first lie and uses it to get ahead.
"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."
I think it’s funny to see these cute actresses playing medeival love interests. I mean, sure, in the movie it’s a girl that looks like Jennifer Garner, but in real life, it’s some chick that’s never plucked an eyebrow, has hairy legs, rotting teeth, and probably smells like an armpit smeared in dog crap. So yeah, it’s a wonderful time to be alive. Hot Pockets and iPods, man.