Ricky Gervias May Play Glastonbury As David Brent
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.15.2014
In an interview with The Radio Times, Ricky Gervais revealed that he may play Glastonbury as David Brent, the character he created for the original version of The Office.
He said: "All that happened is someone said ‘would you consider Glastonbury?' and I said – ‘who knows?' It could happen. It would be amazing for Ricky Gervais but I don't know if I can justify David Brent playing Glastonbury because David Brent can't become a real pop star. He can't play venues outside the story. It's a bit odd. He sells out venues faster than the Rolling Stones at the moment!"
This isn't an exaggeration. The five shows he will perform as Brent sold out in fifteen seconds, with 80,000 ticket requests for the 500-seat shows he performed last year. He was recently asked to perform at the Wembley Arena.
When asked why he decided to bring back Brent at all, he replied: "I got hooked again when I brought him back for Comic Relief last year. I love David Brent and he's never really gone away – I've always been managing the estate of David Brent whether it be the American Office or the Israeli remake. But I wanted to do so much other stuff; I didn't want to just keep doing The Office. And now I have – and now it's pure fun. Yet it's also got to be serious again. I can't just do it as a vanity project or because the BBC and Netflix are up for anything I do. I don't know whether to do an on-the-road special or make that the whole series. I was thinking that it could be called Life On The Road – which is a song he does – and it could be him on tour trying to make it. I love the instant tragedy of 50 year-old wannabe pop star in a shiny suit. It's even worse than it was when he was in The Office!"