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Sacha Baron Cohen on why 2009 film Bruno left him ‘fairly traumatized’

"I vowed never to make another undercover movie again"

By Jamie Tabberer

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: wiki/Universal Pictures

Sacha Baron Cohen has said making hit film Bruno left him “traumatised”.

The actor portrayed the gay Austrian fashion journalist in the 2009 film, which grossed $138.8 million worldwide.

The undercover shoot involved dangerous interactions with unwitting US homophobes, including the Westboro Baptist Church.

“Whenever I heard a police siren, I would start to get tense”

Reflecting on the era to Variety, the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star said: ““After ‘Bruno,’ I was fairly traumatized.

“For about six months afterwards whenever I heard a police siren, I would start to get tense, because I’d been chased by the police so much. I vowed never to make another undercover movie again.”

The star also discussed the inclusion of coronavirus in this year’s Borat sequel, saying: “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.”

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