This year, Sacha Baron Cohen can thank the Academy Awards for giving his latest politically flavored comedy, "The Dictator," some excellent free publicity. Not that he didn't engineer it himself.
Is it too soon? It never seems to be for British prankophile Sacha Baron Cohen, whose summer 2012 cinematic effort, "The Dictator," goofs on certain global leaders who may or may not still be with us. Judging from the film's newly released trailer, it remains to be seen whether Baron Cohen has another "Borat"-sized hit on his hands, but he hasn't lost his edge.
"Deadline Hollywood" proprietress Nikki Finke and her poached Variety scribe Mike Fleming reported, via "Deadline New York" on Friday, that Sacha Baron Cohen, who scored with "Borat" but stumbled with "Brüno," has wooed Paramount to back his newest comedy vehicle (continued).
Sacha Baron Cohen is already notorious for his alter ego Borat, and now, fortunately for his career (and unfortunately for those who get caught in his comedic cross hairs), he has another invented personality -- Austrian fashionista Bruno -- who just pulled one over on former Mossad agent Yossi Alpher.
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With the Sacha Baron Cohen movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings" hitting screens Nov 3, Americans will be treated to a brand of Jew-bashing not often seen in Hollywood films (In one scene, Borat becomes convinced his Jewish innkeepers have turned themselves into cockroaches and throws money at the bugs)
The movie trailer is out for Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Watch an American rodeo crowd roar in approval (and then disgust) as Cohen's Borat mocks America's "war of terror" and arrogance.