Ricky Gervais 'was scared of film failure'
The Office and Extras creator said that he and his co-writer Stephen Merchant were approached numerous times about writing a comedy film script, but they did not bite the bullet until they had the idea for Cemetery Junction, which is due for release in 2010.
"I think there'd be a prejudice if I was in it," Gervais told Contactmusic. "There are prejudices out there - it's because people leap too quickly.
"They get one hit on TV and they try to make a film and it's dreadful. It's advertised for a week and then goes straight to DVD."
Gervais stars alongside Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill and Rob Lowe in new comedy The Invention of Lying, which he co-directed with Matthew Robinson.