Celebrities, Comedy

Ricky Gervais Stops the Funny Business?

Johnny Sanford :: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 12:30 pm

When I think of Ricky Gervais, I think of awkward dances, awkward glances, and most of all, hilariously awkward statements of political incorrectness that would make even Andrew Dice Clay blush. Since his career has skyrocketed even in the U.S. in recent years based on his comedic genius, you might expect the next release by Ricky Gervais in the cinematic realm to continue upon the same, well-trodden path.
But by the looks of the new trailer for Cemetery Junction, he is now in unfamiliar territory. This seems more like a trip into Wes Anderson’s realm, complete with slow motion. Take a look at the trailer after the jump.

This is intriguing to say the least. It’s nice to see anyone who’s had a bit of success change it up a bit. Plus it’s got Bowie on the soundtrack! Gervais’ writing partner Stephen Merchant also co-directed the film. For those of you who are looking for more standard fare from the man, he’s got an animated series coming out on HBO on Friday, February 19th.

18 Responses to “Ricky Gervais Stops the Funny Business?”
  1. This film is going to be a masterpiece and I predict oscar`s,and have you seen the poster? it is hilarious! Ricky is pulling a Brent face, like the one on the Promotion pictures for “If you Don`t know me” fantastic stuff….

    Posted by: Bertram February 4th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
  2. Ricky & Steve are far from “unfamiliar territory.” The partners-in-comedy have always been able to make people laugh, but it’s the heart and romance of their projects that keeps everything glued together, & glues the audience to their seats. Intriguing, indeed! I’m sure that if Ricky & Steve were just in the same room as the cameras, Cemetery Junction will be fantastic!…. And what a perfect song!

    Posted by: Shawna B February 4th, 2010 at 6:07 pm
  3. This looks amazing. I absolutely cannot wait. I love everything Gervais/Merchant have ever done, and I am sure this will be no exception.

    Posted by: Anne February 4th, 2010 at 6:28 pm
  4. you can tell it’s gervais and merchant writing/directing from start! the interaction between the main character and the young lady! brilliant! i think that this as well as the emotion provoking stories behind the office and extras (xmas special in general) will cement ricky and stephens place on the drama side of things as well as the comedy for sure! sad to hear the podcasts are finishing aswell! ‘head like a f*cking orangeee!!!’

    Posted by: danny February 4th, 2010 at 8:47 pm
  5. This will be great I’m sure,
    but they really should have cast Karl Pilkington as the main character…

    Posted by: James Conigrave February 4th, 2010 at 9:56 pm
  6. he stopped the funny stuff with the invenvion of lying….preachy shite

    Posted by: bob February 5th, 2010 at 1:20 am
  7. I am counting the days til this is out. ricky and steve make me proud to be english and im so happy for them they deserve every ounce of success and i hope they continue to do the things they love because incidentally i love it when they do! :)

    Posted by: Louise February 5th, 2010 at 5:05 am
  8. Karl Pilkington has a head like a farking orange

    Posted by: Adam February 5th, 2010 at 9:16 am
  9. This film looks incredible. Gervais + Merchant = Gold. Even the trailer makes me feel emotional. A poem to 70’s Britain. Hope it does well, i’ll certainly be watching this at the Cinema.

    Posted by: Billington February 5th, 2010 at 10:22 am
  10. Pedants Corner: That’s Mott the Hoople, not David Bowie (though he did write the song for them)

    Posted by: apm February 5th, 2010 at 10:39 am
  11. Looks amazing

    Posted by: Brian Cornect February 5th, 2010 at 10:01 pm
  12. The film looks like a winner about time Ricky and Steve did something together it’s been too long can’t wait for the film. Ricky and Steve can do characters like noone else love them both keep it up

    Posted by: Tony c February 6th, 2010 at 2:48 am
  13. with this i don’t know, and that’s good. with invention i did know, amd that wasn’t. restore the faith smerch + gerv + dilkers

    Posted by: Lorry Bohem February 6th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  14. Spanish fan to Ricky Gervais: Ey Ricky, will it be in Spain too? It looks pretty good. Thanks.

    Posted by: ioclaudio February 6th, 2010 at 8:05 am
  15. sorry pedant…right back at you….its bowies version , not the hoople

    Posted by: brettt February 6th, 2010 at 2:39 pm
  16. I dunno..ive got a horrible feeling its going to be rubbish. I really hope im wrong cos I love what Steve and Ricky do but there’s something not right about it

    Posted by: neepsbeep February 9th, 2010 at 2:56 pm
  17. no, it’s the mott the hoople version. still a bowie song though i guess…

    and i think the movie looks brilliant.

    Posted by: tony February 9th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
  18. It won’t make a blip in US theaters….straight to the discount rack at Blockbusters

    Posted by: Will T. February 10th, 2010 at 9:46 am