By Sierra Marquina
Ricky Gervais is bringing David Brent back!
The actor and funnyman has partnered with YouTube to launch the Ricky Gervais Channel and part of the special content involves him reprising his legendary The Office character, David Brent.
So why did Ricky choose now as the time to bring back the beloved character … and what was behind his hilarious music video for ”Equality Street”?
“People kept asking me, ‘What’s Brent doing now?’” explains Ricky. “And I think it’s the right time. It’s been 10 years since I finished The Office and with the American Office coming to a close … I thought I’ll do a little update, so I did a little 10-minute thing about what David Brent’s doing now, and he’s rapping, door to door sort of salesmen, but he hasn’t forgot his dream of being a pop star.”
But he’s not just singing, adds Ricky. “He’s managing acts, like a local Simon Cowell, but it’s really to worm his way back into it and he’s got this young rapper and he says he’s going to pay for studio time, but he sort of usurps it and makes him do one of his songs that’s mentioned in the Office, a politically reggae song called ‘Equality Street.’ And he records it and, of course, it’s horrendous and it’s Brent’s idea of ending racism and homophobia and it’s a cringe worthy video.”
And aside from bringing Brent back, Gervais also unknowingly created the most recent trend of selfie pics, called “floor pics,” after posting a photo with Justin Timberlake and captioning it, “@jtimberlake & I, lying on the floor at The Time 100 Most Influential People Gala. I blame the free booze.”
So how did he end up on the floor with Justin?
Following the Time event, “I was talking to Justin Timberlake afterwards and I showed him my bath pics. We were just mucking around – he’s really cool and funny, I want to work with him — [So] I showed him some of my pictures and I was teasing him for being way too perfect and handsome and I was showing him … some of the horrendous things I can do with my face, I tweet bath pics … and I said, ‘There’s no bath, but let’s do a floor pic.’ So we laid down on the ground and yeah.”
Speaking of Justins, Ricky also joked about Justin Bieber and laughed about why he continues to be in the news.
“What is this with Justin Bieber always being in the papers for beating people up?” asked Ricky. “Who are these people that are willing to admit they’ve been beat up by Justin Bieber?”
Listen to the full interview below and check out Ricky’s YouTube channel here.
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