Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

He explained: When 'The Office' came out, if there was an article about office chairs there'd be a picture of David Brent

Ricky Gervais believes celebrities only appear in his films because of 'The Office'.

The British actor, writer and director says Hollywood stars like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ed Norton - who both appear in his latest movie 'The Invention of Lying' - are only interested in working with him because he played overweight office worker David Brent in the comedy TV series.

He said: "That's the best thing about fame - the access. I'd like to think that I'd be their friend if I'd just written and directed 'The Office' and had not been in it, but I probably wouldn't have been on their radar. Everything has come from 'The Office'."

Although the 48-year-old star is thankful for the opportunities the show has brought, it has also left him in some uncomfortable situations.

He explained: "When 'The Office' came out, if there was an article about office chairs there'd be a picture of David Brent. Once, right, on the front cover of the paper, there was a story about a boss who'd groped a woman and was guilty of misconduct, and because she had said, 'he was sliming up to me like David Brent', they had put a picture of me in there! Surely a picture of the bloke would have been better?"


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