Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed a sequel to his 2006 film ‘Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’
Reports have steadily accumulated about the project as it was filmed in secret during the pandemic
A sequel to the comedy
has been bought by Amazon Prime and was expected to hit the streaming platform before November’s US election.
The movie will see British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen reprise his cult favourite role as a bumbling and politically incorrect reporter from Kazakhstan, after nearly 15 years.
The 2006 original,
, grossed more than US$260 million, winning over critics and spawning endless catchphrases among devoted fans. It even earned an Oscar screenplay nomination.
According to Deadline, the follow-up movie was shot covertly with minimal crew as soon as coronavirus restrictions eased this summer in the US and overseas.
The original saw Cohen’s fictional and homophobic journalist blundering across the US in search of cultural enlightenment with the joke at the expense of Americans, who nevertheless lapped it up at the box office.
The sequel will again see Cohen “going undercover to get people to reveal their true selves and their often unflattering biases, with only the slightest provocation,” the Deadline report said.
In early July, Rudy Giuliani called the police on Cohen after an interview in which Cohen emerged in character. Giuliani told Page Six: “This guy comes running in wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace.”
In June, Cohen appeared at a far-right rally in Olympia, Washington, posing as a sponsor of the event. He led the crowd in a racially charged singalong.
The controversial satirist’s anarchic, gonzo-style comedy has spawned multiple celebrated TV and movie characters such as wannabe rapper Ali G and gay Austrian TV presenter Bruno.
Cohen – who also made the 2012 movie
starring himself as a Muammar Gaddafi-style despot – was recently seen pranking public figures in the TV series
In one memorable scene from the show, Cohen hoodwinked Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up plan to train preschoolers in how to fire a gun, although the show drew mixed reviews.
Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor, slammed the comedian’s “evil, exploitive, sick ‘humour’.”
Cohen plays a leading role in Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar-tipped drama
, streaming on Netflix next month.