Ricky Gervais Loosely Remaking French Comedy with Eric Bana

October 31, 2014

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Though it's Liam Neeson who's been pushing Ricky Gervais to get him into comedy, it's Eric Bana who Gervais will instead guide from self-serious action to laughter. Bana is reportedly attached to return to his early comedy roots in Gervais's loose remake of Special Correspondents, a 2009 French satire by Frédéric Auburtin. The original dealt with a duo of journalists faking their own kidnapping in Iraq, but Gervais's rewrite keeps only the general premise of media deception; now Bana will play "an arrogant, struggling New York-based radio journalist who fakes frontline war reports from a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan as a desperate ploy to save his job." Tapas: the source of journalistic corruption, and the reason we're never as full as we thought we'd be even though we ordered a lot.

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