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Sacha Baron Cohen Says America's Racism Has Changed Since The First Borat

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Sacha Baron Cohen Says America's Racism Has Changed Since The First Borat

Ahead of the release of upcoming sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm later this month, Sacha Baron Cohen has explained to fans that the highly-anticipated movie will be vastly different to the original flick, 2006's Borat.

Speaking to the New York Times, the comedian opened up about the way racism has changed in the US following the election of President Donald Trump, and how the forthcoming sequel will see him take on the era of the controversial leader, as well as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"In 2005, you needed a character like Borat who was misogynist, racist, anti-Semitic to get people to reveal their inner prejudices," he said.

"Now those inner prejudices are overt. Racists are proud of being racists.''

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Calling the president 'an overt racist' and 'fascist,' he said this 'allows the rest of society to change their dialogue, too'.

"My aim here was not to expose racism and anti-Semitism," he said of the sequel.

"The aim is to make people laugh, but we reveal the dangerous slide to authoritarianism."

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According to the actor, the movie's creators wanted to get the second Borat movie out prior to the upcoming US presidential election in November.

He said: "We wanted it to be a reminder to women of who they're voting for - or who they're not voting for. If you're a woman and you don't vote against this guy, then know what you're doing for your gender."

Among some of the shenanigans Baron Cohen is involved in the forthcoming film include the 49-year-old having to wear a fat suit as part of his Donald Trump disguise he used to sneak into a Mike Pence rally earlier in the year.

"Bear in mind, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face into Trump's face," Cohen said.

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"This fat suit is huge. It's a 56-inch fat suit to turn my waist into Trump's because we had estimated that was the most realistic."

He continued, "I ended up hiding in the bathroom, listening to conservative men go to the toilet for five hours until I broke into the room. We were surrounded by Secret Service and police and internal security."

You can check out exactly how the situation unfolded for the quirky Kazakh journo when the film hits Amazon Prime on 23 October.

Featured Image Credit: Amazon Prime

Stewart Perrie
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