Sacha Baron Cohen Fears He Will Never Go Undercover Again
Sacha Baron Cohen doubts he will never be able to make another spoof movie like Bruno or Borat because he has become too recognizable even when he is in character.
The British funnyman moved away from his 'mockumentary' format for his latest big screen offering The Dictator, which was filmed as a scripted comedy instead of featuring interviews with real people who had been duped by Cohen's character disguises.
Cohen now admits he might not be able to go undercover convincingly anymore after shooting to international fame with 2009's Bruno and 2006 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
He tells Deadline.com, "There probably are places (I could go to film another spoof) but the reality is... when you make a movie like that, you want to make sure that the people you're interviewing are deserving targets. So, you don't just want to interview some doorman at a hotel; you want to interview the incredibly wealthy guests at the penthouse, high-ranking politicians or people who are threatening. The problem is it is definitely challenging, especially now with Twitter and Facebook. It's very, very hard to get away with."
Cohen also reveals he considered making The Dictator, which focused on a fake Middle Eastern autocrat, in a similar format to his previous films, but changed his mind.
He adds, "I did consider for a while having a Middle Eastern dictator character in the real world which could have arguably been more satirical to see how people would have done anything for money, you know, which essentially they did with all of these Middle Eastern dictators..."
"Essentially these dictators were given carte blanche in any of the western countries that needed their money. It was tempting to take that character into the real world, but I wanted the challenge of creating a comedy script that had improvisation in it as well."