Woah. The rapid development of this Borat sequel has been nothing short of stunning. Just a month after Sasha Baron Cohen was spotted cruising down a highway, the Borat sequel has been acquired and is ready to be released, as Deadline is reporting the film will hit Amazon Prime Video before Election Day rolls around in early November.
According to Deadline’s sources — similar to the filming of the original Borat, Bruno, and Who Is America? — Baron Cohen “risked his life multiple times” to shoot scenes, “including wearing a bulletproof vest on two different occasions.”
Making the feat even more impressive, Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan (yes, that’s the official title) was the first major motion picture to film in a post-COVID world, which you have to imagine made Baron Cohen’s already delicate pranks even more difficult to pull off.
The film was the first movie made during the COVID-19 shutdown, shot surreptitiously as quickly as coronavirus shooting restrictions were eased, and unions were in agreement on a return to shooting. When that happened, Baron Cohen and his team were filming the movie the next day with a minimal crew.
Baron Cohen and cohorts flew to various parts of the U.S. and internationally to shoot the film. As he did on the first Borat, the follow-up film Brüno, and his Showtime summer series Who Is America, Baron Cohen risked his life multiple times to shoot the scenes in this film. Indeed, I’m told by sources that he had to wear a bulletproof vest on two different shooting days and on many days, there were risky and dangerous scenarios in shooting. [via Deadline]
Given the film’s direct reference to the Republican Party, Baron Cohen’s history of targeting conservative figures, and the urgency to get this released before Election Day, there’s a very real chance that the 14-year-later follow-up to Borat contains something that’ll make headlines.
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