Sacha Baron Cohen said he wore a 56-inch-thick suit as part of the Donald Trump disguise he sneaked into a Mike Pence speech at a CPAC rally earlier this year while filming a scene in the sequel to the novel. Borat movie.
Cohen said one of the concerns about filming the stunt at the event was, “How do I get in and how do I get out?”
He told it New York Times that event guard was in place to “check that everyone’s bodies were passing through.”
“ Keep in mind that I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team turning my face into Trump’s face, ” Cohen noted. ‘This thick suit is huge. It’s a 56-inch suit to turn my waist into Trump’s because we figured that’s the most realistic. ‘
Sacha Baron Cohen (in Trump costume) filmed a scene during a Mike Pence speech for his upcoming Borat movie at a CPAC rally in Maryland in February
Cohen (in Trump costume) said he was wearing a 56-inch thick suit and prosthetics and was worried about getting in and out of the event because of all the security there
A still from the Borat movie sequel shows Cohen (in Trump costume, center) running through the rally venue with an actress over his shoulder
Another still from the movie shows Cohen (as Borat) putting together his Trump costume
At one point, when the guard’s metal detector started to beep, Cohen had to say ad lib that it was the defibrillator that triggered the device.
Apparently it was a compelling excuse as Cohen was then able to hide in the bathroom ‘while I listened to conservative men going to the toilet for five hours until I entered the room. We were surrounded by the Secret Service and the police and homeland security, ”he said.
While Cohen didn’t reveal details of what happened after he “ broke into the room, ” photographers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, caught the stunt in action on Feb. 27.
News reports quoted local police at the time as saying that a Trump impersonator interrupted Pence’s speech about 10 minutes after it began and that the person was subsequently escorted from the premises. No charges were brought against him.
Cohen has started to use his celebrity status to speak about political topics for the first time because ‘democracy is in danger this year’
The footage from the event shows Cohen – in Trump’s face – gesturing with a shoeless woman in torn stockings thrown over one shoulder.
The New York Times revealed that the woman was an actress who played Cohen’s Borat character’s daughter. It was intended as a gift, from journalist Borat’s homeland in Kazakhstan, to ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ Mike Pence.
In the recently released trailer for the movie, Cohen can be seen running through the crowded lobby of the gathering with the actress on his shoulder and then, standing in the crowd, shouting, ‘Michael Pen-is, I have a girl for you taken! ‘ while gesturing to his “daughter.”
Cohen told the New York Times that it was imperative for him that the film – titled Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – be released before the 2020 presidential election.
It was necessary, he said, because “ we wanted it to be a reminder of women they vote for – or who they don’t vote for. If you are a woman and you do not vote against this man, know what you are doing for your gender. ‘
While looking for a home for the film, he said that streaming services he pitched were concerned about the political content in the film and the idea that it would be released before the election.
Amazon Video eventually bought the film and will premiere on October 23.
Cohen, an English comedian living in Los Angeles with actress, wife Isla Fisher and their children, said he has seen how American society has changed since shooting the original Borat movie 15 years ago.
“In 2005, you needed a character like Borat who was misogynist, racist and anti-Semitic to get people to reveal their inner prejudices,” Cohen told the New York Times. Now those inner prejudices are open. Racists take pride in being racists. ‘
If the president is “an outright racist, an outright fascist,” Cohen noted, “then the rest of society can also change their dialogue.”
Despite this observation, Cohen – who is an observant Jew – said that the purpose of the Borat sequel was “not to denounce racism and anti-Semitism.”
Cohen (exactly like Ali G) said he has had a “ long-standing dislike ” for Trump, which led him to interview him on a 2003 episode (pictured) of Da Ali G Show on HBO
Cohen, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Isla Fisher (pictured), said he has seen a change in American society since filming the first Borat movie in 2005.
Instead, he said, “The goal is to make people laugh, but we reveal the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.”
Cohen said he has a “ long-standing dislike ” for Trump, who predated an Ali G Show joke with Trump in 2003.
In that clip from the HBO series, Cohen – as his alter ego of Ali G – threw then-businessman Trump over an ice-eating glove that would keep hands from getting sticky. Trump walks out of the room during the pitch.
After the incident, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said Trump told her he thought Cohen – as Ali G – was “ seriously retarded. It was a total scam. But my daughter Ivanka saw it and thought it was really cool. ‘
Cohen said the reason he wanted to interview Trump as Ali G was because “ I’ve clearly realized that I’ve long disliked the president. ‘
Of Trump, Cohen said, “It was his genius to demand the term used against him,” fake news, “and use it against any journalist with journalistic integrity.”
The comedian also wondered what would happen if Trump was re-elected: Would America “become a democracy in name only, comparable to a Turkish democracy or a Russian democracy?”
While it doesn’t seem like Cohen and Trump intersected since the 2003 shooting, Trump did have a lot to say about Cohen after the premiere of The Dictator, which featured a joke in which Cohen spilled flour – supposedly the ashes of Kim from North. -Korea. Jong-il – on Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 Oscars.
In a YouTube video and on Twitter, Trump said that the Seacrest security guard should have “ hit ” and hit “ Cohen ” in the face so many times, he wouldn’t have known what happened. ‘
He also said Cohen should have been hospitalized because of the incident.
Trump’s tirade apparently reminded Cohen of what his father said about Trump when he ran for president in 2016.
I remember my late father watching Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. I said, “What do you think of him?” He said, ‘Two things. He is extremely entertaining. Much nicer than Hillary. Two, he’s a fascist, ” Cohen recalls.
‘My father was born in 1932. He had seen fascists in the street, Mosley’s black shirts beating up Jews. And he knew what fascism was. ‘
While Cohen had long been known as a celebrity who refused to be political, that changed in the wake of the August 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protestor was killed.
After the meeting, Cohen said he contacted the director of the Anti-Defamation League, who then convinced him to deliver the keynote speech at the 2019 ADL summit, Never Is Now.
Cohen – who is now part of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign – noted that speaking at the event was “ completely out of my comfort zone, ” adding that he has “ always been wary of using my fame to express political views. to promote ‘.
“ It was the first time I’d ever delivered a major speech in my own voice, but I felt I had to sound the alarm to say democracy is in danger this year, ” Cohen told the New York Times of his decision to deliver the speech.
‘I felt like even if it wrecked my career and people would come up to me and say,’ Shut up, the last thing we need is another celebrity telling us what to do ‘- I understand people who do. that – I felt I had to do that to live by myself. ‘
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