Wednesday 26 October 2016

David Brent reaches for the stars but falls to earth in film of Life On The Road

Published 17/06/2016 | 11:36

Ricky Gervais as David Brent, back and launching a music career in the film Life On The Road (Entertainment One UK/PA)
Ricky Gervais as David Brent, back and launching a music career in the film Life On The Road (Entertainment One UK/PA)

David Brent is out of the office and on the road seeking musical stardom in the first trailer of his new film.

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Twelve years after he left Wernham Hogg, Ricky Gervais' deluded comedy creation has embarked on a disastrous self-financed UK tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion, in David Brent: Life On The Road.

Cashing in his pension and ditching the travelling salesman job, a tragic Brent can be seen playing to listless crowds in shabby working men's club stages - although with an all-star band.

Razorlight's Andy Burrows, who composed the music for the film, stars as Brent's session musician, while r apper Doc Brown reprises his role as Dom Johnson, still peddling his track Equality Street that the duo released for Comic Relief in 2013.

Comedian Roisin Conaty makes a cameo as a groupie.

Brent explains: "When I left Wernham Hogg I found myself again and I started to do what I do best, entertain.

"I'm putting a tour together. On the road is where I really come alive."

Against the backdrop of what looks like a student union, Johnson raps: "Black people aren't crazy, fat people aren't lazy, and dwarves aren't babies. You can't just pick 'em up, they got rights."

"You think it's painful to watch, I have to stand next to him," he says of his stage-mate Brent, now working up a hip-thrusting new dance routine to rival his one from BBC Two mockumentary The Office.

Mishaps come thick and fast in the trailer including a cringe-inducing shout-out to handicapped fans and a misjudged t-shirt launcher.

"Just when you think it can't get any worse, you shoot a fat girl in the face with a T-shirt gun," his bandmate laments.

Brent replies: "I let her keep the t-shirt so...worth it."

Reminding fans what made his best-loved creation so popular in the first place, he concludes: " I like making people feel. I get inside your head, maybe get inside your heart."

Gervais has written, directed and stars in Brent's big screen debut.

:: David Brent: Life On The Road is out on August 19.

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