Sacha Baron Cohen made ‘Borat 2’ to defend US democracy at ‘polling place’
'Very nice, very nice': Sacha Baron Cohen says he reprised the role of Borat to help 'protect' democracy in the US.
The 49-year-old comedy star returned to the character to make Borat Subsequent Moviefilm — the sequel to 2006’s Borat — and Sacha says he was motivated to make the film for political reasons.
He explained: “I suppose with this movie I felt I had to be able to look myself in the mirror on [the day after the US election] and say to myself, ‘I did everything I could to protect a political system that I value — democracy.'”
Sacha Baron Cohen: ‘I felt democracy was at a dangerous point’
Sacha released the original Borat movie back in 2006, but he felt it was important to reprise the role of the fictitious Kazakhstani journalist.
The London-born star told The Sun newspaper: “The aim of the movie is to deliver a message. That’s the reason why Borat came out when it did.
“I thought the thing I can do to warn people is to use my funniest character, my most popular character, to show what I thought the dangers of voting for Donald Trump were. I felt democracy was at a very dangerous point.”
After releasing the movie, Sacha is now determined to enjoy a well-earned rest.
He said: “There’s nothing up next. It’s been a busy year. Donald Trump is out and I want a break.”
‘That’s a phony guy’ – Trump
Sacha actually interviewed the billionaire businessman earlier in his career, when he was playing the part of Ali G.
And Trump previously slammed the comedy star, describing him as a “creep”.
Trump said: “Years ago, you know, he tried to scam me. That’s a phony guy. And I don’t find him funny.”
Reflecting on the prank interview – which happened more than 15 years ago – Trump added: “To me he was a creep.”