Sacha Baron Cohen is talking about playing Borat again 14 years after he first introduced the character.
In a new profile with Variety, the 49-year-old actor spoke about making Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and how he felt obligated to revive the character in order to shed light on the dangers he saw threatening democracy.
“”I felt democracy was in peril, I felt people’s lives were in peril and I felt compelled to finish the movie,” Sacha shared.
Despite COVID-19 and pushback from the movie’s producer and co-writer, Sacha was determined to finish the movie after seeing how President Trump went about handling the the pandemic.
“The movie was originally about the danger of Trump and Trumpism,” Sacha explained. “What coronavirus demonstrated was that there’s a lethal effect to his spreading of lies and conspiracy theories.”
He continued: “Rather than run away from how the world was dealing with coronavirus, I felt we should lean into it. Borat is a fake character, played by me, in a real world. … If we got people to take their masks off, it would be a fake character in a fake world, in a manipulated world, so the basis of the comedy wouldn’t work.”
During another interview, Sacha reflected on a scary experience while dressed up in costume as Trump.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.
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