Gervais has been making some inroads stateside with the romantic comedy Ghost Town -- a relatively successful film that tried to capitalize on Gervais' fondness of creating sympathetic yet unpleasant characters. Granted, it wasn't a big hit, but it was well liked enough and managed to win some fans who weren't strictly Office devotees. But I think the big test for whether or not Gervais becomes movie star is his directorial debut, This Side of the Truth, with Jonah Hill, Jennifer Garner, and Rob Lowe. But even if Truth doesn't work out, Gervais and long-time creative partner Stephen Merchant will be going back to slightly more familiar territory when they team up with Sony for a coming of age flick, The Men at the Pru, about a group of men working at an insurance company in the 1970s.
So as someone who is a big fan of Gervais, there is a part of me that wonders if making his brand of comedy popular with movie audiences means you're going to have to water it down just ever so slightly. Hopefully, This Side of the Truth will finally let everyone know just how funny he is, and with comedy vets like Tina Fey and Christopher Guest at his side, I doubt this film will fail. Then again, Gervais' brand of humor may not be for everyone, and sometimes the guy can be downright offensive. But that's what makes him who he is, and if Hollywood is going to change that, then I hope Mr. Gervais stays far, far away.