OUT OF THE OF­FICE

RICKY GER­VAIS HEADS TO NETFLIX FOR HIS NEXT MOVIE

Empire (UK) - - PREMIERE -

N THE DAY EM­PIRE vis­its the Toronto set of Ricky Ger­vais’ lat­est film, he’s over­see­ing a scene where two jour­nal­ists are on their knees, with guns pointed at their heads. It would be tempt­ing to read sym­bol­ism into the set-up. Ger­vais has had a shift­ing re­la­tion­ship with the fourth es­tate over the years. In the days of The Of­fice he could do no wrong, rightly cel­e­brated for cre­at­ing one of the best sit­coms in his­tory. Since then, a per­ceived cock­i­ness has turned cer­tain parts of the press against him. Is he about to take his re­venge?

Well, no. Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dents is a com­edy, a very loose re­make of 2009 French film En­voyés Très Spé­ci­aux, and the two men with guns to their heads are Eric Bana and Ger­vais him­self. The pair play a ra­dio jour­nal­ist and his tech­ni­cian who were sup­posed to be re­port­ing from the front­line of a South Amer­i­can war, but a mix­ture of ar­ro­gance and fool­ish­ness meant they never made it out of New York. Rather than ad­mit their screw-up and lose their jobs, they hole up in a flat and start fil­ing fake re­ports, pre­tend­ing they’re in the thick of the fight­ing. To­day they’re stag­ing their own kid­nap­ping — the ‘mili­tia’ hold­ing them hostage are their neigh­bours, Amer­ica Fer­rara and Raúl Castillo.

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