Ricky Gervais is my favorite thing about the U.K. besides pronouncing "twat" so that it rhymes with "cat". So it's great news to me that he'll be playing the lead role and co-directing an upcoming comedy called This Side of the Truth (not to mention, it gives me an excuse to post clips from Extras).
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've always said that since Monty Python and the first few years of SNL, there hasn't been nearly enough historical comedy. Plenty of things that happened back in the day are just inherently funny. Like when your doctor and your barber were the same person, or that comically inept douchebag Rutherford B. Hayes.
Anyway, good on ya, Ricky, ya twat. [Via Variety]