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Gervais: Elton inspired our film

Ricky Gervais has revealed Elton John was the inspiration behind Cemetery Junction, the film he wrote and directed with Stephen Merchant.

The Office and Extras stars co-wrote and directed the coming of age film about two young friends living in Reading in the 70s, which was said to be based on their own experiences as young men deciding what to do with their lives.

But Ricky revealed: "About four years ago, I asked Elton John if I could use his song Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) to open a film with because I've always wanted to start a film with that and he said yes, so I told Stephen Merchant, and he said, 'Right, let's set it in 1973, then'."

But Stephen has an alternative explanation for why they chose to set it in 1973.

He said: "We talked about the idea that the 60s were a very revolutionary time. The late 70s you get punk. There seems to have been that period in the early 70s where things became this wilderness. The hope of the 60s had gone..."

:: Cemetery Junction is out on DVD on August 30.

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