It's no lie: Ricky Gervais cares about his audience
Despite the weighty confusion, the British comedian looked every bit himself -- barrel-waisted, sheepish and wearing a dark suit -- as he stood on the stoop of an apartment building in this Industrial Revolution-era city northwest of Boston.
On the one hand, the repercussions of this deceitless world are chilling. Without lying, there is no art, no literature, no music. Most importantly for this movie, films are not willful entertainments; instead, they're lectures, spoken by actors who read dry, provable facts to a camera.
Gervais' character, Mark, is one such lecture writer, and when we meet him he's down in the dumps. He's out of favor at work, where he's mocked by his (brutally honest, of course) secretary (
Then Gervais utters a lie, a small one, and soon he's like
Unlike his more daredevil fellow Brit Sacha Baron Cohen, Gervais allows himself, in his
And so it is in "The Invention of Lying," where Gervais sees his character as influenced not just by
"What you want [the audience] to do, once they get it, is forget about it," Gervais was saying during a lunch break from filming. "Once they know 'The Office' is a fake
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