Ricky Gervais Holds Forth (Hilariously) on Donald Trump

Ah, the “Special Relationship.” The Brits and the Americans, like a tired old married couple, no?

Britain, as we know, is going through one of the biggest crises of identity and allegiance in its history: whether or not to carry out a “Brexit,” and actually secede from the European Union. Barack Obama weighed in with a definitive “NO.” And no small number of highly placed Brits, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, told him to mind his own bloody business. Tut tut.

Now in the latest cover story of The Hollywood Reporter, Ricky Gervais (cheeky bloke, he) goes and turns the tables. The British comedian (who, for what it’s worth, has achieved massive success in the US, primarily by insulting our biggest celebrities) tells America, “You get what you deserve.” He is, of course, referring to Donald Trump essentially securing the Republican presidential nomination, and having also already won the scorn of the newly elected London (and Muslim) Mayor Sadiq Khan.

At the same time, Gervais admits that life hasn’t just imitated art, but actually bested it. Indeed, he reckons that Trump’s rudeness and impropriety have decisively outdone any of the characters he’s ever played, even the spectacularly improper David Brent.

Read the full, impertinent story, here.

Ricky Gervais Resurrects David Brent

Obnoxious as Ricky Gervais is about hammering his opinions/worldview and acting like his giant ego is not such a problem just because he’s winkingly aware of it, it’s hard to deny the flat-out awesomeness of the best episodes of Extras, Life’s Too Short, andThe Office. Plus, we owe the man a huge debt for dragging Karl Pilkington into the limelight. So I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt right here.

Gervais is bringing back David Brent, the grotesque manager of The Office later given a too-sympathetic American spin by Steve Carell in the reboot, as a sort of ten-year anniversary treat. According to EW, Brent will feature “in a ‘mini episode’ called The Office Revisited.” You can watch a teaser below, which redirects you to a longer trailer. (You may also skip right to the longer trailer.)

The focus looks to be on Brent’s music “career,” which bodes well—and as a guy who would delude himself about a comeback, he’s the perfect parallel for Ricky himself, trying to recapture some of his old magic. But Steve Coogan may have covered some of this ground already with Alan Partridge.

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