While his cannot technically be considered to be in the Netflix original category, English comedian Ricky Gervais is still ingrained enough in the online streamer’s realm of exclusive programming in the USA (through 2-season Channel 4 sitcom Derek) to be asked to be the focal point of a new commercial for them.
Following hot in the hoof footsteps of esteemed 90′s actor BoJack Horseman, Gervais’ spot for the service sees him audition for roles on leading Netflix programming including House of Cards, Lilyhammer, and Orange is the New Black.
It is clear, though, that he is out of place in these shows (the attacks on his accent not quite as justified), and fortunately he also realises, ending with the tagline “…maybe I’m better off just watching.”
An official video description of the advert summarises: “Ever been so engrossed in a show that you just want to be in it? Ricky Gervais knows the feeling. Start your one month free trial and get sucked into the entertainment of today featuring award-winning original shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Derek and Lilyhammer only on Netflix. Start your free trial at netflix.com.”
While Netflix is growing fast enough for many people to know about what they have the chance to see, will this cross-over commercial help make more of those people aware a little quicker? Below is the trailer in full, complete with the obligatory ‘outtakes’ video: