Ricky Gervais Sent Bowie A Song From His David Brent Film And He "Loved It"

8 August 2016, 16:11

Ricky Gervais and David Bowie split screen image

The Office star revealed he asked for the late rock star's opinion on his Slough track.

David Bowie gave Ricky Gervais his seal of approval on a track for his new David Brent movie.

The actor and comedian, who is reprising his much-loved character from The Office, has revealed he sent Bowie his Slough track just weeks before his passing. 

Gervais told The Sun: "I sent Bowie the demo version of Slough and he loved it. "He said: 'I’d like to hear a whole album of David Brent singing about provincial towns of Britain.’”

Ricky Gervais has so far released two videos to support his David Brent: Life On The Road, including Lady Gypsy and Life On The Road.

Watch it here: 

Ricky Gervais first struck up a relationship with the late rock star when he asked him to appear on an episode of Extras, which Gervais calls the "highlight of (his) career".

The pair collaborated on Little Fat Man, which Gervais looks back on with fondness, recalling: “I wrote the lyrics and sent them to him to do the music. I phoned him up and said, ‘Can you make it a bit retro, like Life On Mars?”

“And he said, ‘Oh yeah, sure. I’ll just knock off a quick fucking Life On Mars for you, shall I?’

“He was so funny and down to earth and a genius. And what he came up with was perfect.

“Probably the highlight of my career, working with him.”

Meanwhile, David Brent: Life On The Road also features real-life rockers in Brent's band The Forgone Conclusion, which includes Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows and rapper Doc Brown.

However, Gervais even managed to enlist the help of Coldplay's Chris Martin on the song Electricity, which he wanted to sound like Coldplay.

 “I played Chris the song and he started laughing," said Gervais. 

“When I explained that the music was supposed to sound like Coldplay’s greatest hits only better, he said ‘I get it, I get it — you want me to help you take the p*** out of me.’ And he did it.”

David Brent: Life On The Road is set for release on 14 August 2016. 

Watch the trailer below: