Gervais Falls On ‘This Side of the Truth’

Ricky Gervais seems to be especially picky about the projects he gets involved with, so any time he commits it deserves some attention as he has just signed on to star and co-direct the comedy This Side of the Truth with co-director Matt Robinson for Media Rights Capital.

The film is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied. Gervais will play a performer who tells the first lie and harnesses its power for personal gain.

“My character works in the film industry, where actors are really readers who tell completely factual stories,” Gervais told Variety. “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.”

The comedy is set to begin shooting spring 2008.

Personally, while I think Gervais is funny as hell, I would like to see him do another villainous role like he did in an episode of “Alias”. Honestly, he proved he could really act with that performance and I hope we get another taste of it one day.

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