Acting extras on the set of David Brent: Life On The Road didn’t recognize actor Ricky Gervais. The 55-year-old comedian is reprising his role of David for the new movie and co-star Ben Bailey Smith says the actors, who were playing other members of Ricky’s on-screen band, did not recognise the award-winning star, reported Femalefirst.
“We filmed a scene where the band are performing at a student night and there were real students in the crowd. Between takes I was talking to them and there was a moment when I overheard them saying to each other ‘who’s that guy?'” Smith said.
Smith, who plays a rap star in the movie, said the extras had not heard of Gervais’ acclaimed sitcom The Office, nor did they recognise him from his stint presenting the Golden Globes. “They were saying ‘He’s that guy off Channel 4 called David or Derek or something’. I told them he was from ‘The Office’ and they were saying ‘Oh that American show’.
“I explained he actually created the original ‘The Office’. Then one of them said ‘Oh yeah, my uncle goes on about that sometimes’. I couldn’t believe they didn’t know ‘The Office’.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais also attempted to do celebrity impressions in 30 seconds on a TV show. Gervais appeared on The Tonight Show alongside Jimmy Fallon, and after a discussion about accents, he claimed he could break “any record” for the number of celebrity impressions in 30 seconds, reported Digital Spy.
“The reason I don’t do accents isn’t that I can’t, it’s that I can’t be bothered. I’m a brilliant impressionist. You see those things on YouTube of people doing 20 impressions in 20 seconds. I can do that. I can do it better than them,” Gervais said.