Sacha Baron Cohen feared for his life while filming the sequel to Borat.
The comedian is set to release the long-awaited sequel to his 2006 mockumentary – titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – later this month.
Baron Cohen filmed the project around the US during lockdown, and some scenes were so controversial that he had to wear a bulletproof vest while filming.
Writing for Time magazine, the 48-year-old said: ‘While filming my latest Borat film, I showed up as a right-wing singer at a gun-rights rally in Washington State. When organisers finally stormed the stage, I rushed to a nearby get-away vehicle.
‘An angry crowd blocked our way and started pounding on the vehicle with their fists. Under my overalls, I was wearing a bulletproof vest, but it felt inadequate with some people outside toting semiautomatic weapons.
‘When someone ripped open the door to drag me out, I used my entire body weight to pull the door back shut until our vehicle maneuvered free.I was fortunate to make it out in one piece.’
The London-born actor now lives in Los Angeles with wife Isla Fisher and their three children, and penned the piece for Time to stress the importance of the US presidential election and why democracy needs to be ‘saved from conspiracies’.
Speaking about how being in character can get people to ‘reveal what they really believe’, he wrote: ‘I have at times exposed the ignorance, bigotry and conspiratorial delusions that often lurk just below the surface of our modern lives.’
It’s not only op-eds that Baron Cohen is getting political with, as Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – which will be released a week before the election – also has a distinct political edge.
The trailer for the comedy sees Baron Cohen disguised as Donald Trump and crashing Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, while carrying a woman over his shoulders.
He also pranked former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for the film, and the gun rights rally he mentioned in his Time piece reportedly sees him leading the attendees in singing a song with racist lyrics.
Baron Cohen caused similar controversy when filming the original 2006 film, with the police being called on him on multiple occasions.
‘The FBI got so many complaints there was a terrorist traveling in an ice cream van,’ he told WTF’s Marc Maron.
‘So the FBI got so many complaints that they started compiling a little file on us and eventually they came to visit us at the hotel. I obviously went missing when I heard because they were like “FBI’s downstairs. Sacha, disappear.”‘
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is set for release on October 23 on Amazon Prime.
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