Holy shiz. This is HUGE.
Paul Lieberstein, producer of The Office, dropped a BOMB earlier today when he revealed that Ricky Gervais, who created the UK Office and played the character that ultimate inspired Steve Carrell's role, filmed a cameo as David Brent for the series that will air in the cold open of the January 27th episode!
And he's kept this on the DL since September, because that's apparently when the scene was filmed!
"It's a little more than if you blink, you'll miss it, but if you don't set your TiVo right, you'll miss it. Ricky had wanted to do something [with the U.S. Office] and it felt like we shouldn't go the whole series without them connecting. But we had some issues to work out, like how does David Brent live in the world of Michael Scott. It's outside of the office, and it's just the two of them interacting. It's just a llittle nod to Steve and his final year. We didn't even tell NBC at first. So [Ricky] worked for free. But don't print that — it might get him in trouble with the INS."
Ha! This is absolutely amazing!
Such a nice way to pay homage to the original series, without it compromising the reality of the US version!
At least we hope! We'll remain cautiously optimistic until it airs!
What do U think?? Are U excited for Ricky's appearance on The Office??
Tags: cameo, cold open, david brent, homage, michael scott, original, paul lieberstein, producer, remake, the office, uk