Sacha Baron Cohen said he wore a chunky 56-inch suit as part of the Donald Trump disguise he used to sneak into a speech by Mike Pence at a CPAC rally earlier this year at the shooting of a scene in the new film sequel Borat.
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 the New York Times that event security was on hand to “check the bodies of everyone passing through.”
“Keep in mind that I spent five hours doing makeup that morning with the prosthetic team that changed my face to Trump’s face,” Cohen noted. “This big costume is huge. It’s a big 56 inch suit to turn my waist into Trump because we felt it was the most realistic.
Sacha Baron Cohen (in Trump costume) filmed a scene during a speech by Mike Pence for his upcoming Borat movie at a CPAC rally in Maryland in February
Cohen (in Trump costume) said he wore a big suit and 56-inch prosthetics and was afraid to enter and exit the event because of all the security.
An image from the Borat film sequel shows Cohen (in Trump costume, center) walking through the rally venue with an actress on his shoulder
Another still from the film shows Cohen (as Borat) putting together his Trump costume
At one point, when the security guard’s metal detector wand started beeping, Cohen was forced to announce that it was a defibrillator activating the device.
Apparently that was a compelling excuse because Cohen was then able to hide in the bathroom listening to conservative men use the bathroom for five hours until I barged into the room. We were surrounded by the secret services, the police and internal security, ”he said.
Although Cohen has not revealed details of what happened after he “broke into the room,” photographers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md., Have took the hit in action on February 27.
News reports at the time quoted local police as saying that a Trump impersonator interrupted Pence’s speech about 10 minutes after it started and the person was then escorted off the scene. No charges have been brought against him.
Cohen began to use his celebrity status to speak out on political matters for the first time because “democracy is in peril this year”
In footage from the event, Cohen – facing Trump – can be seen gesturing with a woman without shoes in ripped stockings thrown over one shoulder.
The New York Times revealed that the woman was an actress playing the daughter of Borat de Cohen’s character. It was supposed to be a gift, from journalist Borat’s homeland in Kazakhstan, to “Deputy Prime Minister” Mike Pence.
In the recently released trailer for the film, Cohen can be seen running through the crowded rally hall with the actress on his shoulder, and then, standing among the audience, yells, “Michael Pen-is, I brought a girl.” for you! »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 to women who they vote for – or who they don’t vote for. If you are a woman and you don’t vote against this guy, know what you are doing for your gender.
While looking for a home for the film, he said the streaming services he launched were concerned about the political content featured in the film and the idea of its release ahead of the election.
Amazon Video ultimately purchased the film and will release it on October 23.
Cohen, an English comedian who lives in Los Angeles with actress wife Isla Fisher and their children, said he has seen how American society has changed since he shot the original Borat movie ago. 15 years old.
“In 2005, you needed a character like Borat, misogynist, racist, anti-Semite to get people to reveal their inner biases,” Cohen told The New York Times. “Now these inner prejudices are evident. Racists are proud to be racists. “
When the president is “an open racist, an open fascist,” Cohen noted, “it allows the rest of society to change their dialogue as well.”
Despite this observation, Cohen – who is a practicing Jew – said the purpose of Borat’s sequel was “not to expose racism and anti-Semitism”.
Cohen (right as Ali G) said he had a “long-standing loathing” for Trump, which prompted him to interview him on a 2003 episode (pictured) of Da Ali G Show on HBO
Cohen, who lives with his wife Isla Fisher (pictured together), in Los Angeles, said he has seen a change in American society since making the first Borat movie in 2005.
Instead, he said, “The point is to make people laugh, but we are exposing the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.”
Cohen said he had a “long-standing loathing” for Trump, which predated an Ali G Show gag with Trump in 2003.
In this clip from the HBO series, Cohen – as Ali G’s alter ego – introduced Trump, the businessman at the time, about a glove for eating ice cream that would prevent hands from becoming sticky. During the pitch, Trump leaves the room.
After the incident, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said Trump told her he believed Cohen – as Ali G – “was seriously delayed. It was a real bogus job. But my daughter Ivanka saw it and thought it was very cool.
Cohen said the reason he wanted to interview Trump as Ali G was because “obviously I realized I had a longstanding loathing for the president.
Of Trump, Cohen said, “His genius was to requisition the very term that was used against him, ‘fake news,’ and to use it against any journalist who had journalistic integrity. “
The comedian also wondered what would happen if Trump were re-elected – would America “become a democracy in name only, akin to a Turkish democracy or a Russian democracy”?
While it doesn’t appear that Cohen and Trump have crossed paths since the 2003 recording, Trump had a lot to say about Cohen after the premiere of The Dictator, which featured a gag that Cohen spilled flour into – so- telling the ashes of North Korea’s Kim Jong-il – on Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 Oscars.
In a YouTube video and on Twitter, Trump said the Seacrest security guard should have ‘hit’ and ‘hit’ Cohen ‘in the face so many times that he wouldn’t have known what had happened. ‘ ‘
He also said Cohen should have ended up in hospital following 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 during the election campaign in 2016. I said, ‘What do you think of him? He said, “Two things. He is extremely entertaining. Much more entertaining than Hillary. Second, he’s a fascist, ”Cohen recalls.
“My father was born in 1932. He had seen fascists in the streets, Mosley’s black shirts hitting Jews. And he knew what fascism was.
Although Cohen has long been known as a celebrity who refused to be political, that changed following the white supremacist rally in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Va., Where a counter-protester was killed.
After the rally, Cohen said he made contact with the director of the Anti-Defamation League, who then convinced him to deliver the 2019 ADL summit opening speech, Never Is Now.
Cohen – who is now part of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign – said speaking at the event was “completely out of my comfort zone,” adding that he “was always hesitant to use my fame to promote political opinions ”.
“It was the first time I had given a major speech with my own voice, but I felt like I had to sound the alarm and say that democracy is in peril this year,” Cohen told the New York Times of his decision to deliver the speech.
“I felt that even though this was going to destroy my career and people were going to come up to me and say, ‘Shut up, the last thing we need is another celebrity telling us what to do’ – I get it. perfectly the people who do this – I felt I needed to do this to live with myself.