Borat, the fictitious Kazakh journalist played by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, is back on the screens, and it’s bad news for deniers, supporters of Donald Trump and even his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani .
The continuation of the adventures of Borat, soberly titled “Borat 2″ in French version, but whose original title is ” Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe To American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Will be available from October 23 on Amazon Prime.
The first episode of his wacky adventures across the United States, in 2006, had collected 260 million dollars, an Oscar selection and left cult scenes, like that of the “mankini”, surprising thong with straps loved by Borat.
Like the first film, “Borat 2” was shot as a mock documentary this summer – as containment measures eased in the United States – by Sacha Baron Cohen and his team to better trap political and anonymous figures with his character to report backward and indelicate.
The plot of the new opus has not yet been unveiled, but the most daring scenes have already started to be talked about: Rudy Giulani admitted in July to having been the victim of a false “interview” organized in a bedroom hotel in the presence of a very enterprising young woman.
In the film, the 76-year-old former New York mayor seems to end up in dire straits when he is found with his hand in his pants.
He defended himself on Twitter on Wednesday for any bad intentions, accusing Borat’s video of being “fabricated”. “I would put my shirt back in my pants after removing the recording equipment,” he wrote.
“At no time before, during or after the interview did I behave inappropriately. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies the opposite, he is shamelessly lying, ”insists Rudy Giuliani in his tweet.
He had previously told the New York Post that he believed he was answering questions about the handling of the pandemic by Donald Trump’s administration and that he did not immediately realize “that it must be Sacha Baron Cohen ”.
“I thought of all the people he had fooled before me and I was proud of myself because he didn’t get me,” he told the newspaper.
Close to Donald Trump, Mr. Giuliani is not the only Republican to have been ridiculed by Borat, sometimes at his peril.
In a column for TIME magazine, Sacha Baron Cohen recently opened up about how he seriously feared for his life when he invited himself, for the purposes of his film, to a gun-friendly rally in the Washington State.
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“Borat 2” imagines that the Kazakh journalist, sentenced to forced labor after the debacle of the first episode, is offered a chance to restore his reputation and that of his country by offering a gift to Vice President Mike Pence.
A viral advertising campaign is underway to promote the film, including via a Twitter account parodying the government of Kazakhstan which string together the most absurd announcements written in broken English, for example praising President Trump for “crushing given COVID to him by Democrats ”.
Sacha Baron Cohen came to promote himself on Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, which he notably subjected to a strange “Kazakh plague questionnaire” before performing a very politically incorrect physical examination on him for the coronavirus.
If Jimmy Kimmel was complicit in these eccentricities, many victims of “Borat 2” were trapped without their knowledge.
The first film had given rise to some legal proceedings, such as those brought by students appearing at length on screen. The new episode is already the subject of a complaint filed by the heirs of a Holocaust survivor, who died this summer shortly after being interviewed by Baron Cohen.
Judith Dim Evans is filmed educating Borat about Nazi concentration camps and comes across in a positive light, but her daughter says she did not want to appear in a comedy about the genocide.
Sacha Baron Cohen, who is himself Jewish, is an ardent slayer of anti-Semitism and revisionism and campaigns against conspiracy theories that are popping up on social media.