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Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed he's unlikely to take on the role of Borat again.
After watching Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, we'd be lying if we said we weren't hopeful for more but it seems the 49-year-old has closed that possibility away for the foreseeable.
The actor - who plays the titular character - explained how Borat came back out of the woodwork to fulfil a purpose which he doubts he'll be able to find again for a third instalment.
Speaking to Variety, he said: "I brought Borat out because of Trump. There was a purpose to this movie, and I don't really see the purpose to doing it again. So yeah, he's locked away in the cupboard."
He previously vowed never to make an undercover movie again, explaining: "After Brüno I was fairly traumatised. For about six months afterwards whenever I heard a police siren, I would start to get tense, because I'd been chased by the police so much. I vowed never to make another undercover movie again."
But he went on to explain that the sequel was relevant: "I felt democracy was in peril, I felt people's lives were in peril and I felt compelled to finish the movie.
"The movie was originally about the danger of Trump and Trumpism. What coronavirus demonstrated was that there's a lethal effect to his spreading of lies and conspiracy theories."
Another actor who was praised for the film is Maria Bakalova - who played Borat's daughter. In fact, fans have even called for her to win an Oscar.
Bakalova took on the role of 15-year-old daughter Tutar Sagdiyev and she is as instrumental as her on screen pops - demonstrating wit, courage and improvisational skill throughout.
Watched the new Borat film. Some truly great laugh out loud moments. Sacha Baron Cohen is so good at pushing beyond the edge. Maria Bakalova really should win an Oscar. Outstanding performance.
- Jon Digital (@Jon_Digital) October 24, 2020
Indeed, Baron Cohen himself has called for the 24-year-old to receive a nomination. Speaking on Good Morning America, he said: "She is hilarious, she is one of the most courageous actors in history, if she doesn't get nominated for an Oscar then that's a travesty."
Writing on Instagram, Bakalova said she was 'overwhelmed' by his words, adding that he really is like a father to her.
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