Kazakh’s the way to wind ’em up, Sacha
January 20, 2005
Sacha Baron Cohen may have to be smuggled back to Staines in disguise after both he and his latest alter-ego got into trouble with our irony-lite Stateside chums.
First Sacha had a fall-out with Todd Phillips, the director of his latest movie Borat – based on his Kazakhstani journalist character – over ‘creative differences’.
Celeb Watch believes this is movie-speak for having to be dragged apart by extras after trying to gouge each other’s eyes out in the catering queue.
Phillips, who was ‘asked to leave the set’ (movie-speak for his heels gouged furrows in the dirt), previously directed Starsky And Hutch, which may explain his inability to grasp satire. Or comedy.
Filming has ground to a halt while Cohen and studio bosses search for a replacement director for the mock-umentary.
Just last week Cohen caused outrage at a rodeo event in Virginia, where a stars’n’stripes flutters on every porch and displaying an National Rifle Association bumper sticker is state law.
His Borat alter-ego told the patritoc spectators that he loved their president George W Bush and their war on terror.
Then he added: “I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards.”
He was hustled out before the baying mob could get to him.