Merchant fears film failure

Stephen Merchant is worried his debut film will be a huge flop.

Stephen Merchant is worried his debut film will be a huge flop.

The comedy writer – who has worked with ‘The Invention Of Lying’ star Ricky Gervais on TV series’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’–said he is nervous about ‘Cemetery Junction’, the British duo’s first film together.

He said: “I’m terribly worried about how it will be received, yes. I just feel I need to give people a return on their money.

“When it’s the TV licence fee payer, who cares? It’s weird that you have to go out of your house to the cinema to see it, rather than watch it on TV - actually convincing people to do that it very scary.

“I just hope it doesn’t flop so badly that they never let me do anything else ever again.”

He also said the film sees the pair take a much more dramatic edge than wit previous works.

Stephen said: “It’s set in England in the 70s, but hopefully not sort of grim and depressing. You know it’s got some good-looking people in it. Me and Ricky aren’t in it, much, and we’re very excited.

“I’d say it’s more dramatic than anything we’ve done before. But there is humour and romance in it too.”

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