Ricky Gervais has admitted that his alter ego David Brent’s tour with his band Foregone Conclusion is a ‘Trojan Horse’ for a new documentary.

The comedian told the Sunday Times that he was plotting a new star turn for The Office character, this time behind the scenes of the band’s tour.

Ricky, who will play a series of live gigs in May as David Brent, former paper firm boss in sitcom The Office and now frontman of Foregone Conclusion, explained his plan.

He said: “It’s just an idea. I want to do a tour, a little tour – and people think they’re seeing a tour. I film it, but actually it’s Brent who thinks he’s making a Scorsese-type thing of [Jack Kerouac novel] On The Road.

“Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It’s Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets [Canadian heavy metal band] Anvil. It’s more of the breakdown of this man who thought he was going to be something else.”

Ricky also told the paper his reasons for not having brought back his best-known character before.

He said: “The reason I didn’t bring Brent back before is that I wanted to do lots of other things first, but secretly I do want to do something else [with Brent]. It has to be right, it has to be justified.

“It can’t be an unwanted encore. It can’t even be a wanted encore, because people don’t know what they want.”

 

Press Association