When Stephen Colbert used his monologue last week to call BS over Rudy Giuliani’s apology for getting caught in a hotel bed with Borat’s daughter, the Last show the host promised he would have it all figured out when Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as his guest on Monday.
As ubiquitous as Baron Cohen led to the premiere of Next Borat movie– now streaming on Amazon Prime Video – it’s still relatively rare for the British actor to sit down for interviews as himself. Colbert therefore wasted no time in trying to get him to reveal the many secrets of his latest project.
“The last time there was a Borat movie, in 2006, Donald Trump wasn’t President of the United States, but everything before that moment I’m sure,” Colbert said. Now that Trump himself has responded to the film by calling Baron Cohen “creep” and “fake,” the host asked, “Do you have a defense against these two charges?”
“Well I’m sure when he was hanging out with his good friend Jeffrey Epstein they probably spent a lot of time talking about how scary I am,” Baron Cohen replied, before admitting that he was a “fake professional, like him.”
From there, he went back to the one and only time he interviewed Trump as Ali G in 2003. “Publicly he will say, ‘I was the only one who saw it through,’ ‘said Baron Cohen. “He didn’t see through the interview. He answered all questions completely normally.
Colbert then asked his guest about one of the more elaborate pranks in the new film which ends with Borat singing an original song about ‘Wuhan Flu’ in the character of Borat claiming to be a country music singer obsessed with QAnon.
“Everyone was singing and the problem was that some of the militia groups that were attending this rally were opposing the Black Lives Matter protesters, so in revenge some of the Black Lives Matter protesters would come and confront them,” he said. Baron Cohen. , explaining that he was not the only one “undercover” during the rally in Washington state. “One of them said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Sacha Baron Cohen!’ We found out it was me, then the organizers and a lot of people in the crowd got very angry. They tried to storm the scene. Lucky for me, I had hired security, so it took them a while to storm the stage.
After releasing exclusive footage revealing how Baron Cohen escaped this precarious situation, Colbert asked if this sort of thing happens to him frequently.
“It does happen sometimes,” Baron Cohen said, adding. “This is the first movie where I have to wear a bulletproof vest.” In the film, Borat actually spends five days “quarantining” two QAnon followers. “It meant waking up in the morning, when I left my room, to fall asleep at night,” he explained. “They thought I was a foreigner who didn’t understand much about coronavirus.”
As promised, Colbert had to ask questions about the now infamous Giuliani scene. “He denied doing anything untoward towards this 24-year-old woman who played your 15-year-old daughter,” the host said. “Do you have something to say to Rudy Giuliani about going to a room with supposedly a teenage girl to drink whiskey and zip your pants up and down?”
“Well he said he didn’t do anything improper and, you know, my feeling is if he sees that as appropriate then God knows what he’s planning to do with it. ‘other women in hotel rooms with a glass of whiskey in hand,’ Baron Cohen replied. “I mean, I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, so I would just say see it and make a decision.”
Baron Cohen explained that Giuliani “thought he was alone” with Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat’s daughter in the film, but that Baron Cohen was standing in a hidden cabinet ready to come out at the right time. . He also revealed that Giuliani had a private security guard sitting outside the room “making sure no one could get in and out, which is actually even scarier, when you think about it, for her.”
He ended this part of the interview by singing the praises of Bakalova, who was entirely unknown to American audiences before her performance in Escape to Borat’s daughter, Tutar.
“I didn’t want to start filming until I found the perfect girl for Borat,” he said. “And that’s a tough order because you have to be an amazing improviser, you have to be able to stay in character for so many, many hours, you have to be able to emotionally act out the actual scenes, and you have to be hilarious. . So we interviewed 500 different actors, and we finally found this woman who had just graduated from drama school.
“I mean, if she doesn’t win an Oscar then I don’t know what the academy is for,” he added.
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